Lindsay Lawson – Artist in Residence


Lindsay Lawson “The Smiling Rock” (video still) 2015

Trinity Square Video would like to welcome Berlin-based artist Lindsay Lawson for a production residency from October 27 – November 25, 2015. Lawson is here as a guest of the Goethe-Institut Toronto as part of the University of Toronto Art Centre’s exhibition Rocks, Stones, and Dust. During her time at Trinity Square, she will be working on her feature length film, The Smiling Rock, starring Sofia Exss and Alexander Coggin. The Smiling Rock is a quasi-narrative constructed around a woman who falls in love with a rock listed on eBay. The rock in question is based on an actual rock listed at $1,000,000. The high price is due to its singularity: it is a geode boasting a clownish smiley face on its polished face. The woman’s interest in the rock grows into an infatuation fueling her bidding fever, which culminates in a virtual objectum sexual relationship. She does not have the means to buy the rock so she can only engage with it online via eBay.

Born in the United States and based in Berlin, Lindsay Lawson received her BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, her MFA in New Genres from UCLA, and attended the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. Her work spans media such as film, video, installation, photography, sculpture, performance, and text. Her first feature-length film, “The Smiling Rock” is was shot in Berlin and is currently in post-production. She has exhibited internationally at venues such as Gillmeier Rech, Berlin; LAXART, Los Angeles; Yossi Milo Gallery, New York; Carroll/Fletcher, London; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Berlin; 1646, Den Haag; Reed College, Portland; New Orleans Film Society; Beijing Biennale.