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Laurie Langford is a thought-provoking Canadian assemblage artist based in Chatham, Ontario.
Langford inserts subversive humour into her installations to prick debate on contemporary gender expectations. Her mixed-media shadow boxes, collage, photography, and printmaking overwrite the conventions of sexuality, domesticity, family, history and the body. Inspired by artists Hannah Höch, Barbara Kruger, Elizabeth ‘Bloodbath’ McGrath, and Norman Barney, as well as poets e.e. cummings and Edgar Allan Poe, Langford’s work narrates “pop culture innocence gone horribly wrong” (Vanderwall, 2011).
Langford uses a detailed, mixed-media overlay method to bring forth the dissenting story in each found piece, thereby disturbing the viewer’s comfortable seat in the world. "A good subtitle for Laurie Langford's special brand of feminist invective", Dr. Lorenzo Buj writes,“would be ‘Bitterness and Bravado’ because that’s what Langford’s ensemble of boxed-in Barbie dolls seems to want to communicate" (from the essay "Sacred and Profane", 2012).
2014 – The Four Housewives of the Apocalypse: Thames Art Gallery; Chatham, Ontario
2009 – Guys & Dolls: ARTspace, Chatham, Ontario
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 – Off-Hand Remarks, 2-person show: ARTspace; Chatham, Ontario
2015 – Women: Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit; Detroit, Michigan
2014 – The Square Foot Show: Paula White Diamond Gallery; Waterloo, Ontario
2014 – Eye for Art 2014, juried exhibition: Thames Art Gallery; Chatham, Ontario
2014 – The League of Extraordinary Ladies, 2-person show: Glitter Milk Gallery; Grand Rapids, Michigan
(part of ARTprize 2014)
2012 – Eye for Art 2012, juried exhibition: Thames Art Gallery; Chatham, Ontario
2012 – Sacred & Profane, 2-person show: WKP Kennedy Gallery; North Bay, Ontario
2012 – Sacred & Profane, 2-person show: Thames Art Gallery; Chatham, Ontario
2011 – 2011 Juried Show, Thames Art Gallery: Thames Art Gallery; Chatham, Ontario
2011 – The Exhibitchin', 3-person show: ARTspace; Chatham, Ontario
2010 – Eye for Art 2010, juried exhibition: Thames Art Gallery; Chatham, Ontario
2009 – Something Queer Goes Here, 5-person show: ARTspace; Chatham, Ontario
2008 – Eye for Art 2008, juried exhibition: Thames Art Gallery; Chatham, Ontario
2006 – Eye for Art 2006, juried exhibition: Thames Art Gallery; Chatham, Ontario