Lauren Halsey (b. 1987, Los Angeles) is rethinking the possibilities for art, architecture, and community engagement. She produces both standalone artworks and site-specific projects, particularly in the South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles where her family has lived for several generations. Combining found, fabricated, and handmade objects, Halsey’s work maintains a sense of civic urgency and free-flowing imagination, reflecting the lives of the people and places around her and addressing the crucial issues confronting people of color, queer populations, and the working class. Critiques of gentrification and disenfranchisement are accompanied by real-world proposals as well as celebration of on-the-ground aesthetics. Inspired by Afrofuturism and funk, as well as the signs and symbols that populate her local environments, Halsey creates a visionary form of culture that is at once radical and collaborative.
Lauren Halsey was recently the subject of a solo exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2019). In 2020 she will open a solo show at David Kordansky Gallery, and her Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project, a major public monument, is scheduled to be constructed in South Central Los Angeles. In 2018 Halsey was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2018), and was included in Made In L.A. 2018, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2018), where she was awarded the Mohn Award for artistic excellence. Halsey lives and works in Los Angeles.