Lauren Purje (b. 1987) grew up in Dublin, Ohio and graduated from Ohio University in 2009 with a BFA in Painting. She moved to Brooklyn, NY in 2011 where she currently lives and works. This series of comic...

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  1. PS Why is it OK for art world insiders to deal and curate work that is defined as their antithesis?

    1. This is the question that keeps coming up. I know some people who have made great strides in their practice at grad school. I know people who have made increasingly boring, even defensive work, in grad school. Everyone that goes gains a place in a community of hard working, great thinkers.
      My studio is lonely. I want to make friends and learn from them. Its hard to make real friends by just rubbing elbows with people in short increments. You need to share similar conditions, and endure long hours together. Where else can you get that while gaining institutional validation?

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