Mimi Lauter's studio, photo: Makenzie Goodman.
Broadcasts: Mimi Lauter's Symphony No. 1
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Blum & Poe Broadcasts presents a focus on the practice of Los Angeles-based artist Mimi Lauter, in conjunction with her exhibition Symphony No. 1 installed at Blum & Poe New York.

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Mimi Lauter, Portato, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
53 x 65 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Agitato, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
13 7/8 x 17 7/8 x 1 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Vivace, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
27 3/4 x 32 x 1 3/4 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Colossale Allargando Con Spirito, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
Framed: 78 1/4 x 58 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches each
Mimi Lauter, Molto Pesante Ma Risoluto, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
76 3/4 x 67 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Pianissi; Arpeggio, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
23 3/4 x 17 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches framed

Like most symphonies, the composition is realized in four parts, using the New York gallery’s architecture of four townhouse rooms. Lauter’s arrangements of radiant colors are meant to crescendo to a celebration of the human spirit—a joyous marking of the connections between memories and dreams, personal stories and myths, landscape and skyscape, birth and death.

Twenty-five pastel on paper paintings are classified into the comprehensive, connected groups of body, landscape, still life, and spirit. With saturated hues and lush strokes, the work reflects on the four symphonic movements and their relationship to the earth’s seasons and the parallel stages of life.

Buried in emotionally charged color fields, Lauter hints at figurative subjects, bodies, trees, flowers, insects, waves and ocean spray, coupling the real and the ethereal, the personal and universal. A number of works point to the tradition of still life paintings which implicate interior and psychological spaces.

Mimi Lauter, Prima Donna, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
17 7/8 x 13 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Con Amore, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
27 1/2 x 21 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Lento e Affettuoso, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
69 1/2 x 77 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Molto Agitato, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
10 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Poco a Poco Crescendo Con Fuoco, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
Framed: 78 1/2 x 57 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches each
Mimi Lauter, Tenuto Con Amore, 2019
Copper plate etching
12 7/8 x 16 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches framed
Edition 1 of 9, 1AP
Video by August Blum

Mimi Lauter introduces her garden—a parallel practice to her painting, both of which meditate on and celebrate the seasons of life and the beauty of mortality.

Abstracted imagery of flora and fauna and the four elements are meant to connect to a deep quality within. These works conjure European art history, and the long tradition of religious painting that primes the viewer to feel intensely and believe earnestly; meant to inspire viewing so deep, one finds the power to observe the otherwise invisible.

Mimi Lauter, Sforzando , 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
13 7/8 x 10 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Arpeggio, 2019
Copper plate etching
32 x 24 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches framed
Edition 1 of 12, 1AP
Mimi Lauter, Una Corda, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
55 1/4 x 45 x 2 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Marcato, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
13 7/8 x 10 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Pizzicato, 2019
Zinc plate etching
16 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches framed
Edition 1 of 9, 1AP
Mimi Lauter, Coloratura, 2019
Oil paint on panel
15 1/4 x 12 3/8 x 2 1/4 inches framed

Lauter’s theatrical and rich chromatic atmospheres encapsulate the rapturous, dream-like quality of her work. As if to squeeze in as much florid detail as possible, every inch of her paintings explodes with stars and blossoms and striated fields of energy. In textured sweeps on the surface and in thin carved lines that reveal underlying colors, Lauter expresses the all over tension between painting and drawing. Her painterly style shows no trace of the delicacy and slight nature stereotypically associated with pastels. Rather, her style is whimsical and seductive, and revels in the sensuous vitality and fullness of nature in all its seasons, both its brightest and darkest times. Between evocation and abstraction, a world of such vitality appears to be in continuous formation.

Mimi Lauter, Primo Uomo, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
17 7/8 x 13 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, A Bocca Chiusa, 2019
Copper plate etching
32 x 24 5/8 x 1 3/4 inches framed
Edition 1 of 6, 1AP
Mimi Lauter, Portamento, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
23 3/4 x 17 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Adagio; Misterioso, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
65 x 55 3/4 x 2 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Moderato, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
20 x 15 1/4 x 1 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Comprimario, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
13 3/4 x 10 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Alla Marcia, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
27 1/4 x 32 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Prestissimo e Staccato, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
27 1/4 x 33 x 1 3/4 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Segue, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
30 1/4 x 57 x 2 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter, Legato, 2019
Zinc plate etching
12 7/8 x 16 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches framed
Edition 1 of 10, 1AP
Mimi Lauter, Glissando, 2019
Oil pastel, soft pastel on paper
61 3/4 x 67 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches framed
Mimi Lauter's studio, photo: Makenzie Goodman.
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