AS I AM | Special Exhibit at Sager Braudis Gallery

         

MU intern Kat Cua curated the hall exhibit titled As I Am, the culminating project of her time at Sager Braudis. The exhibit features work by artists Laura Baran, Jarvis Boyland, Helen Hawley, and Simon Tatum, each of whom created portraits that document real-life individuals, most of whom the artist knows personally. Kat sought to use this exhibit as a way to combat the toxicity of the all-too-prevalent cultural norm of exceptionalism, reacting to the way it affects marginalized communities in particular. Exceptionalism deems people worthy and grants them visibility only when they are the most exceptional at whatever service they are able to provide, stripping individuals of the luxury to make mistakes and the comfort to be unremarkable. Exceptionalism only accounts for those who are the absolute best, failing to recognize that every human is worthy and valuable simply because they exist. Kat chose each of these portraits for its documentation of real people and its elevation of the everyday and celebration of the ordinary as opposed to the spectacular.

In Baran’s paintings for this exhibit, she celebrates the functionality and beauty of everyday people, revealing a narrative of inspiration in the ordinary.

As I Am on view at Sager Braudis Gallery in Columbia, MO through December 15, 2017.
Columbia Daily Tribune, Seeing the Light: Student curator brings fresh vision to Sager Braudis

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Inner Monologue Podcast

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I’m thrilled to share my interview on Inner Monologue podcast! Great talk with Thomas Brown of the amazing organization Rise Phoenix. We do our share of cursing, so listen with headphones if you’re at work or around little ones.

“We have guest Laura Baran, artist and co-founder of Arts & Dreams, based in New York City. Arts & Dreams is an organization offering creative workshops and classes to help others heal and empower themselves through the arts. The organization was inspired by the experience of her brother’s suicide many years ago, where she used her own art practice to heal from the loss. She shares the power of having an outlet when handling difficult experiences or uncomfortable emotions. She also discusses the process of healing herself through creativity and affirmations within art. This has rippled out into her life and shifted everything for her for the better. She emphasizes the commitment she has to self love and changing herself and how much art played an important role in starting this path. Developing this organization has also taught her that community is its own form of healing. It exposes her to many through the arts and empowerment and invites her into a role of connection and growth.”

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Things I Can Do to Help Today

Inspired by the wonderful work of @bymariandrew Inspired by the wonderful work of Mari Andrew

I’m in tears about the Muslim immigrant ban, this horrific, racist political theater.

I wouldn’t exist if my father and his parents – both Auschwitz survivors – had been turned away at Ellis Island.

I grew up obsessed with the Holocaust and how things ever got that insane in Germany. The same tactics are now in play in America, and I can’t keep quiet.

There are many ways to help.

There are many ways to speak out, and be an example of truth, love, peace, respect and justice.

Find the ones that feel energizing to you, and let’s unite to resist.

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Each Portrait Marks a Change in Me

#Repost @s_sharvit thank you thank you "My drawings and paintings are celebrations of the most beautiful parts of what I see. My self portraits let me confront how I feel about myself. The mirror shows it all, and I show myself kindness by celebrating. I’m exploring presence and healing. In the past, it was a struggle to view myself with kindness. Through the process of creating images of myself I examine my self worth. Maybe I am worth looking at, and maybe I am beautiful in ways I can accept and enjoy. I certainly enjoy the creation process. They document the way I see myself. Each portrait marks a change in me." Laura Baran -- Deeply honored and profoundly grateful to this inspiring artist, my dear childhood friend. My personal collection, my affirmation paintings, my healing. @laurabaran #laurabaran #artsanddreams #affirmationpainting #selfportrait #portraiture #inspiredby @chuck_close23 @cindyshermancomplete #chuckclose #cindysherman #lookinthemirror #healingthroughart #contemporaryportraiture #youwillknowhername #mydearfriend #artoftheday #newyorkartist #thisislife
#Repost @s_sharvit — Deeply honored and profoundly grateful to this inspiring artist, my dear childhood friend. My personal collection, my affirmation paintings, my healing.
“My drawings and paintings are celebrations of the most beautiful parts of what I see. My self portraits let me confront how I feel about myself. The mirror shows it all, and I show myself kindness by celebrating. I’m exploring presence and healing. In the past, it was a struggle to view myself with kindness. Through the process of creating images of myself I examine my self worth. Maybe I am worth looking at, and maybe I am beautiful in ways I can accept and enjoy. I certainly enjoy the creation process. They document the way I see myself. Each portrait marks a change in me.” Laura Baran

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August Show at 17 Frost Gallery

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Head over to 17 Frost Gallery in Williamsburg to see my recent watercolor paintings of people walking around New York City in the August show, up through the end of August.

 

Below is a video of my text talk with Gene-Manuel Whirling for his show Welcome to the Whirl. We texted about full-time mom hood, these watercolors, and thankfully we did not touch on the recent election cycle. Enjoy.

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My new book is here!

81xGcW4UnqLI’m proud to announce that my book is now for sale on Amazon. It’s been a long time labor of love illustrating and co-writing, and I’m so happy to have the book finished and here!

Rose’s Summer of Arts & Dreams is about a 9 year old girl who hasn’t been feeling good about herself and learns to make art that helps her feel better.
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I really appreciate all the help and support I got along the way. Couldn’t have done this without you.

Purchase a copy directly through the Arts & Dreams website and let me know what you think! artsanddreams.org/rose/ 

Love,
Laura

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2016 Fridge Art Fair

"Entrance Open" oil painting by me 2016 #fridgeartfair

Everest, 14″ x 18″, oil on canvas, 2016

What a joy tonight to be with my son and husband at an opening with my work in it!
What a joy tonight to be with my son and husband at an opening with my work in it! #fridgeartfair @greenhappeningsFridge Art Fair, Lower East Side, NYC 2016

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Are You, Are You Not

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Paintings and music in an old West Village church. Join me and a group of other artists for a one-night-only show March 3rd at 81 Christopher Street, organized by New York Romantics.

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Our beautiful boy, Leo Ever Green

My beautiful boy, Leo Ever Green 🦁🌲
Matt and I welcomed our son Leo Ever Green on December 15, 2015. It’s the most wonderful opportunity being his parent, giving him unconditional love and care around the clock, and figuring out our new roles together.1171860_917920794973626_136052135_nA lion, evergreen trees and leaves. Acrylic on canvas for Leo that I made between breastfeedings.
12394184_999696820092796_2049093146_nAdventures in parenting, self-care and making time for making art, are all in the mix.
With lots of love.

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In the studio shooting for the Arts & Dreams book

fun day in the studio with @patriciageremia shooting jpegs of illustrations for our @artsanddreams book
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unnamedI wrote and illustrated a children’s book with Patricia Geremia, my partner in Arts & Dreams empowering art workshops (check out our work). Through crowd funding in 2012 we raised money to create our dream book to read to children ages 8-12 during workshops. In Arts & Dreams workshops we help them create uplifting art while learning to love themselves and believe in their dreams. We will publish with Balboa Press, a division of Hay House, home to many of our favorite self-help and spirituality authors. After years of writing and re-writing, and tons more re-writing, and then a full year for me to illustrate paintings sourced by photos Patricia and I took together last summer, we finally had a great day in my studio shooting the illustrations in hi-res. It’s going to be several more months till we have a finished book in our hands (and a new baby in mine!) and with every step it’s been a relief and a humbling honor to get closer and closer yet! Read more about our Kickstarter funded book here.

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