Godfrey’s work draws powerful influences from Italian culture and history, incorporating a strong regard for the history of Italian design, particularly Ettore Sottsass and Gio Ponti among others. The work is materially and conceptually driven by signifiers of Italy; pasta, marble, language, a feeling of grandeur and sensuality.
In this exhibition, sculptures sit on the shelves of a former Italian deli depicting the ingredients which once stood in their place. Evoking the tastes, textures and smells of food in Italy, the work confronts relationships between food and language using the rules surrounding pasta shapes as a parallel to those used in grammar. Considering foodstuffs as signifiers for gesture, the artist suggests a parallel between the words that come out of the mouth and the food that goes in.
This exhibition is supported by Nespresso and Pastificio Mansi.
Lauren Godfrey (b. 1989) lives and works in London. She holds a BA from the Slade School of Fine Art and has also studied at Kuvataideaketemia, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, and Chelsea College of Art. This summer she is in residence at Triangle Art Association, New York.
Past exhibitions include ART IN RESTAURANTS IS ON THE SAME LEVEL AS FOOD IN MUSEUMS" - NILES CRANE - Turf Projects, Group show curated by Lauren Godfrey, August - October 2015, ENTREÉ, STAGE LEFT - Kingsgate Workshops, June - July 2015 - Solo exhibition following Kingsgate Workshops Studio Residency, London, LONGING FOR LEISURE - Open Space Gallery, Baltimore, USA, May 2015 Group Show with Alex Brenchley, Nicholas Hatfull and Alec Kronacker, COCKTAIL #1 Solo exhibition Co2 Gallery, Rome, July 2013, Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA 2012.