LAUREN GREGORY: HERE FOR A GOOD TIME, NOT A LONG TIME
The Red Arrow Gallery / 19 Gallatin Ave. March 5 - 26th
Lauren Gregory is a trailblazer and has returned to her home state of Tennessee. Coming on the heels of the Nashville premiere of her powerful and heartfelt stop-motion animation, Ol’ Splashy, the Red Arrow Gallery becomes her full canvas. Here for a Good Time, Not a Long Time will include original paintings, quilts, animations, and NFT’s.
Here we are together in Tennessee, the greenest and most beautiful state, on March 5th, the very juiciest moment when the bud is coming to a head and is just about to burst. We are smack dab at the point where anticipation gives way to jubilation, an undeniably sexy time.
And yet, by March we are just gathering speed on the downward rush of the Ferris wheel as Spring passes us by. The prettier it gets, the hotter it gets, the deeper the dread that’s mixed with my euphoria.
The Spring Paradox I wrestle with:
I can’t bottle this glorious moment and keep it any more than I can take my paintings with me when I die.
And also! The current moment is the only one that I have access to in any meaningful way.
Like pressing a flower, or making preserves while a fruit is at its ripest, the moment dies in the process of documenting and preserving. Looking back at this body of work, each piece was an attempt to both hold onto and let go of a moment right at its fullest bloom - a bittersweet game of catch and release.
I’m here for a good time, not a long time. How ‘bout you? - Lauren Gregory Exhibition Statement