The Spaces in Between: Works by Lauren Florence

  • Exhibition run dates: October 19 – December 2, 2020
  • Located in the Visitor Lobby on the south end of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory
  • Free to view during visitor hours: Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm

Lauren Florence began painting in 2013 after moving to Oklahoma City with her family. Using vibrant colors and drawing influenced by a lifetime spent in the American Southwest, her subject matter is inspired by a deep love of its people and wildlife.

Fascinated by the character and stories existing in some vintage snapshots, she began including them in her work. Continuing to be drawn into the natural narratives in these photographs, Lauren began adding layers, patterns, and silhouettes to the compositions, adding to or changing the narrative. Always beginning with an abstract ground, and allowing whole sections as well as small slivers to show through on the finished piece is a way to reflect and explore the unpredictability and hidden nature of the subjects themselves.

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Lauren received a BFA in textile design. After a decade-long detour managing IT solutions on energy trading floors in Tulsa and Houston, Lauren got back to her artistic and textile roots operating an art wear company based in Bartlesville where she eventually met her husband through a mutual friend. They now call Oklahoma City their home and have an 8-year-old son who keeps them both very active especially now that third grade is taking place in their dining room.

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Fireflies by Nathan Pratt

Softly blinking fireflies grace the grounds of Myriad Botanical Gardens as part of a metro-wide public art experience celebrating the grand opening of Oklahoma Contemporary. Taking inspiration from the golden flashing light of fireflies on a warm summer night, Oklahoma artist Nathan Pratt has created more than two dozen mixed media fireflies is installed in the Meinders Garden.

The installation taps into the innocence of childhood where the golden haze of a setting sun plays with the enchanting glow of fireflies. It is part of Bright Golden Haze: Reflections, a partnership with Oklahoma Contemporary and funded by a series of grants from Kirkpatrick Family Fund to extend the theme of light from the art center’s inaugural exhibition, Bright Golden Haze.

UPCOMING

The Spaces in Between: Works by Lauren Florence

October 19 – December 2, 2020

Lauren Florence began painting in 2013 after moving to Oklahoma City with her family. Using vibrant colors and drawing influenced by a lifetime spent in the American Southwest, her subject matter is inspired by a deep love of its people and wildlife.

Fascinated by the character and stories existing in some vintage snapshots, she began including them in her work. Continuing to be drawn into the natural narratives in these photographs, Lauren began adding layers, patterns, and silhouettes to the compositions, adding to or changing the narrative. Always beginning with an abstract ground, and allowing whole sections as well as small slivers to show through on the finished piece is a way to reflect and explore the unpredictability and hidden nature of the subjects themselves.

A graduate of the University of Kansas, Lauren received a BFA in textile design. After a decade-long detour managing IT solutions on energy trading floors in Tulsa and Houston, Lauren got back to her artistic and textile roots operating an art wear company based in Bartlesville where she eventually met her husband through a mutual friend. They now call Oklahoma City their home and have an 8-year-old son who keeps them both very active especially now that third grade is taking place in their dining room.

 

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Permanent Sculpture

MBG muskrats

Sculpture Addition to the Children’s Garden

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Don Narcomey Storytelling chair

Story Teller Chair

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mbg gold fish

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