Wainscott, NY – Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present For Purpose, By Accident, the debut solo exhibition by Lauren West. On view at 26 Ardsley Road in Wainscott, NY, we invite you to the opening reception on Saturday, October 9th from 5 to 7 p.m.

In For Purpose, By Accident, Lauren West looks to nature for guidance and seeks answers to her developing series of questions on living; with the aim of creating a dialogue on the direction of evolution. West’s paintings are an exploration into the duality of human existence, the vulnerability of intimacy, and a bittersweet exploration of time’s passage. Her work is an inquiry into the mistakes and accidents that lead to both progress and regression, and a playful celebration of lived experience.

West’s new body of work explores the nuances of the progression of beings from a prehistoric past–namely birds, which West uses as a repetitive motif–under the guise of information and shared knowledge. With her oil paintings she creates paradoxical delineations with dimensionality and an agitated, sometimes almost sculpted surface. Narrative tones range from surrealistic to menacing to barbaric, cloaked by the serenity of the natural world. The result is the wild combination of animals, beasts that barely exist, a few humans, and the constant question of what in the world we're all doing here.

Lauren West (b. 1989, Oxford, MS) received her MFA degree from The New York Academy of Art after obtaining a BFA from the University of Mississippi. West has shown with Tripoli Gallery since 2019; a two man show with Vahakn Arslanian, HANGAR; and the last two Annual Thanksgiving Collectives, What Have We Done, and Are We There Yet. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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Lauren West Wall, 2021 oil on canvas 22 x 7 inches (55.8 x 17.8 cm)
Lauren West Baby , 2021 oil on canvas 30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm)
Lauren West Over There , 2021 oil on panel 10 x 10 inches (25.4 x 25.4 cm)
Lauren West Red UFO, 2018 oil on panel 10 x 10 inches (25.4 x 25.4 cm)
Lauren West Round a Dove, 2020 oil on panel 10 x 10 inches (25.4 x 25.4 cm)
Lauren West Up There, 2021 oil on panel 10 x 10 inches (25.4 x 25.4 cm)
Lauren West Chicken Head , 2021 archival pen on arches 9 x 7 inches framed (22.8 x 17.7 cm framed)
Lauren West A Little Tenderness, 2021 archival pen on arches 38 x 30 inches framed (96.5 x 76.2 cm)
Lauren West Cahoots 1 , 2020 oil on canvas 12 x 9 inches (14 x 11 inches framed); (30.5 x 22.8 cm, 35.5 x 27.9 cm framed)
Lauren West Cahoots 2, 2020 oil on canvas 12 x 9 inches (14 x 11 inches framed) (30.5 x 22.8 cm, 35.5 x 27.9 cm framed)
*Reflections Post Lascaux*, 2021
Lauren West Reflections Post Lascaux, 2021 oil on canvas 84 x 80 inches (213.36 x 203.2 cm)
Lauren West Secure Limbo, 2021 oil on canvas 50 x 60 inches (127 x 152.4 cm)
Lauren West Broken Scythe, 2020 archival pen on arches 60 x 40 inches (67.7 x 37 inches framed); (152.4 x 101.6 cm, 172 x 93.9 cm framed)
Lauren West Lasting Sugar Phosphate Backbone, 2021 archival pen on arches 60 x 40 inches (67.7 x 37 inches framed); (152.4 x 101.6 cm, 172 x 93.9 cm framed)
Lauren West Offerings , 2020 oil on canvas 54 x 48 inches (137.1 x 121.9 cm)
Lauren West Acorn Woodpecker, 2021 oil on canvas 60 x 48 inches (152.4 x 121.9 cm)
Ad Hoc, 2021
Lauren West Ad Hoc, 2021 oil on canvas 60 x 48 inches (152.4 x 121.92 cm)
Lauren West Clearing, 2021 oil on canvas 71 x 28 inches (180.3 x 71.1 cm)
Lauren West Good Fence, 2020 oil on canvas 48 x 60 inches (121.9 x 152.4 cm)
Lauren West Cattails with Grey Area, 2020 oil on canvas 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm)
Lauren West Beast , 2020 archival pen on arches 38 x 30 inches framed (96.5 x 76.2 cm)
Lauren West The Bottom , 2021 oil on canvas 60 x 42 inches (152.4 x 106.8 cm)
Lauren West Two Turtles in the Snow, 2017 oil on canvas 36 x 26 inches (91.4 x 61 cm)
Lauren West Pushing by Stepping , 2017 oil on panel 36 x 48 inches (91.4 x 121.9 cm)