Having just scooped up 2013’s Turner Prize, the work of Laure Prouvost (b.1978) is now available to catch a glimpse of at the Contemporary Art Society’s 59 Central Street London venue until 17 January 2014. Moving restlessly between disciplines of film, performance, sound and site-specific installation, the exhibition captures the diversity and complexity of this artist whose name has now become a topical buzzword of the contemporary art scene.
Alongside a selection of recent work by the artist, the exhibition will also feature Monolog, which was purchased by the Contemporary Art Society last year for the Whitworth Art Gallery at the University of Manchester. The winner of the 56th Oberhausen Short Film Principal Prize in 2010, her witty Monolog video directly seeks to challenge the notion of institutional regulations imposed upon the viewing of art and the behaviour of a supposedly captive audience.
Beating the likes of Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye to claim the coveted art prize, the French Prouvost garnered much attention for creating her entry whilst heavily pregnant. Here she created a ramshackle cabin in the Lake District, where her fictional granddad supposedly lived and crammed it with objects, artifacts and junks, which she then captured all on film. Often playing games with semiotic and semantic theory, Prouvost’s work has an intentionally rough anti-aesthetic, working across and blending multiple genres to create pieces free from narrative, reason or clear logic. Now one of the artists of the moment, this exhibition at the Contemporary Art Society is a unique opportunity to see a selection of her work close up.
Laure Prouvost, until 17 January 2014, Contemporary Art Society, 59 Central Street, London, EC1V 3AF.
1. Laure Prouvost, Monolog 2009, video, 9 min Film stills © the artist, courtesy the artist and MOT International.