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LEXI STRAUSS

2012-14 MA Painting, Royal College of Art, London
2009-11 BA (Hons) Fine Art (First), Hereford College of Art

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Date to be confirmed- Triptych: Global Arts Workshop, Kiev, The Ukraine
2016 The Oath of The Great Order of Emancipists. Confinement, Crossings and Conditions. Birmingham University
2013 Empty Chairs, The Institute of Art and Ideas- Hay Festival, Hay on Wye

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020
Everything Happening, All at Once, 404space, Worcester
Emily Warner, FLAP- Experiments in Togetherness Through Listening, Online

2019
Emily Warner, FLAP- Experiments in Togetherness Through Listening, Birmingham
Division of Labour at Paradise Works, Salford

2018
M(others) Art Tour, New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge University

2017
New voices, New conversations, Recent acquisitions of the New Hall Art Collection, Cambridge University
Storyboard, Lubmirov/ Angus Hughes Gallery, London
Nasty Women, Cambridge Literary Festival, curated by Eliza Gluckman
Real Lives, Painted Pictures, The Cut, Halesworth

2016
Working From Home, AMP Gallery, London
On the Shore Alone at Night, Chalton Gallery, London
Art Car Boot Fair (with Huguenot Editions), London
Real Lives, Painted Pictures, Crypt Gallery, London
Oriel Davis Open, Newtown, Wales

2015
Random Selection, Division of Labour, London and Manchester Contemporary
Salon, Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Sluice (Day and Gluckman) London
Material Tension, Collyer and Bristow Gallery, London

2014
A Union of Voices. Horatio Junior Gallery, London
Beryl, Neat 14- Theatre Royal, Nottingham
The Twelve Apostles as Babies, RCA Degree show, London

2013
Pntg Nov, Henry Moore Gallery, London
REACT, Dilston Grove Gallery, London
Diseased Brethre,n Art Licks- at Asylum, London

2012
Candid arts, Universitat der Kunste, Berlin
Ludlow Open, Ludlow

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2020
Elmley Foundation grant for personal research

2018-19
Recipient of a personal research and development grant from the Arts Council, England.

2015
Catlin Art Prize (panel- Justin Hammond, Aaron Cezar, Charlotte Schepke, George Vasey)

2014
Saatchi New Sensations- nominated
John Moores painting prize- shortlisted (panel- Chantal Joffe, Tom Benson, Zeng Fanzhi, Tim Marlow and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye)
Jerwood drawing prize- shortlisted (panel- Gavin Delahunty, Dr Janet McKenzie and Alison Wilding)
Exeter Contemporary Open- Public Choice award, Pheonix Arts Centre (panel- Matt Burrows, Ceri Hand, David Shrigley)

2013
New Contemporaries- shortlisted, ICA (panel- Ryan Gander, Chantal Joffe and Nathaniel Mellors)
Anthology 2013, Charlie Smith Gallery, London (panel- Ian Davenport, Zavier Ellis, Hélène Guérin, Ceri Hand, Max Presneill)
W-ca Open- highly commended, Worcester Art Gallery (panel- Juneau projects, Meadow Arts, Nada Prija and Gavin Wade)
Derwent Drawing Prize, Mall Galleries, London (panel- Yvonne Crossley, Fisun Güner and Stephen Farthing)

2012
Windsor and Newton scholarship, RCA
Elmley Foundation Award to study at the RCA
Hereford Open- overall winner (panel- Andrea McLean and Clare Woods)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2018 Women Can’t Paint: Gender, the Glass Ceiling and Values in Contemporary Art by Dr Helen Gorill. I.B. Tauris
2017 Real Lives, Painted Pictures - Book accompanying exhibition of same title
2016 Spears Magazine
2016 Birmingham Mail- 21 Leading Young artists in the West Midlands
2015 Studio International filmed interview- https://vimeo.com/128992151
2015 Apollo Magazine
2015 Wall Street International
2015 3rd Dimension magazine
2015 Huffington Post
2015 A-N magazine
2015 The Catlin Art Guide
2014 The State of Art, Barehill Publishing
2014 Jerwood Drawing Prize
2014 John Moores Painting Prize
2014 ARTUPDATE
2013 ARC magazine 17.2
2011 Roves and Roames, issue III

CURATION

2018 In The Middle of Somewhere, Canwood Gallery, Herefordshire (with Tom Nash)

PERFORMANCES/ SCREENINGS/ WRITING

2021 Studio Voltaire diversions, Victoria BC, Canada
2017 Summer Salon, Lubmirov/ Angus Hughes Gallery, London
2017 Domino Open Film Screening, The Shoe Factory Social Club, Norwich
2016 Ghost Sheet Interviews, AMP Gallery, London
2015 Review of British Art Show
http://tpwm.squarespace.com/artist-development-events/2015/11/17/british-art-show-8-lexi-strauss.html
2015 Jamboree, Plymouth Arts centre
2014 CINARS Performing Arts Bienniale, Montreal
2014 Neat 14. Nottingham
2013 Womens Werk, Division of Labour. Worcester Art Gallery

LECTURING

2014 to Present- Hereford College of Art. Visiting tutor/ lecturer- Fine Art BA, Staff tutor- short courses
2016 Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Presentation on outcomes of Radical Sabbatical
2016 University of Birmingham. Symposium talk to School of Government and Social policy
2016 University of Northumbria. Verbatim conference, talk on the politics of verbatim practice
2015 University of Worcester. Film Production, lecture and workshop on art practice
2015 Eastside Projects, Birmingham. Presentation on practice
2014 Jerwood Space, London. Presentation on practice
2014 John Moores, Walker Gallery, Liverpool. Presentation on art practice
2014 University of Gloucester, Fine Art. Presentation and tutorials on art practice
2014 Wolverhampton University, Fine Art. Presentation and tutorials on art practice

RESIDENCIES AND OTHER PROJECTS
2021
Panel Talk, Bait Magazine in association with New Hall Gallery, Cambridge University.
2020
Peep at Stryx, Stryx Gallery Online.
2019
Co-organiser- 'A Male Artist is a Contradiction in Terms"- Panel discussion chaired by Eliza Gluckman at Eastside projects
2018-19
Developmental member of the Ultras- an all female artists incentive, created through Eastside Projects.
2016
Radical Sabbatical, University of Birmingham and Eastside Projects

COLLECTIONS

New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge
Various private collections

WEBSITE AND EMAIL

www.lexistrauss.com
lexistrauss@hotmail.com



STATEMENT

I explore the complexity of our interactions with belief systems and processes of individuation. Combining paintings with specious, fluid, personal fictions derived both from interviews and imagination, my work tracks the escapism and paradoxical self-segregation that come from a distorted desire to belong.

Touching upon themes of contemporary education and parenting, 'The Twelve Apostles as Babies' , '1000 Foundlings Find Their Mothers', and 'The Vulnerable Party' are three such imaginary narratives.

The Vulnerable Party concerns the search for a supremely divine clown leader– humane, genuine and open, with strengths and weaknesses exposed. It’s also a personal journey, a process of individuation, which will ultimately atomise the political party, or movement (since individuation is incompatible with the ‘party political’ concept), thus reducing it to a one-person campaign, without cabinet or voters.

1000 Foundlings Find Their Mothers were- ‘A well documented, influential, post-industrial, pre-enlightenment movement, led by scores of the socially abandoned who took laughter as their mother’.

The Twelve Apostles as Babies recounts the infant’s arrival for the second coming without Christ. Dressing up as Ghandi, Johnny Rotten and others, they learn the good deeds of those who came both after and before them, eventually spreading their good news through various careers.

If the highest truth is one and the same with the absurd, as Jung claims, then I often try to reverse engineer such truths from nonsense. Subjects within the paintings might appear clownish - a rigid facade coupled with a vulnerable persona. But these figures may hold insightful keys to the extended significance of our everyday attitudes and interactions. As Schopenhauer once said, a sense of humour is the only divine quality of man.

In addition to my core painting practice, I perform recorded conversations with interesting people, facilitating a deep engagement with them through the use of a ‘verbatim’ acting process that allows me to recreate their voices breath for breath as I’m listening to them.

Some of the paintings are also ventriloquised with light and sound to narrate stories. At their most ambitious they become extended assemblies of connected and contrasted imagery to allow objects or subjects within paintings to interact, breath and sing collectively or as individuals- a playful, collaborative, musical apparatus that can convey concepts beyond language or imagery.

CV
2019