Laurie Victor Kay
Laurie Victor Kay, b. 1971, captures bold and balanced compositions drawing inspiration from a range of urban and natural centers throughout the globe. Her reimagined mathematically influenced works provoke exploration of the psychology of space, allowing for open interpretation and referencing perfectionism. LVK confronts opposites with much of her work; dark spaces of subways from which the two works in this year’s auction were created.
LVK studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and photography at Columbia College Chicago, where she received her BFA in 1995. In 1996 she met her husband photographer Charles Kay Jr, and they began collaborating artistically as Laurie and Charles. Their work is in numerous worldwide collections, including the new Smithsonian. Publications include Condé Nast, Travel and Leisure, Interiors, among many others.
LVK’s early work was recognized by Photo District News, Camera Arts, and the prestigious Review Santa Fe. In the fall of 2016, LVK was selected to participate in the Accessible Art Fair at the National Arts Club with jurors from Gagosian, Christies Collectrium, Artnet, and Sotheby’s. Recent projects include an artistic collaboration with Jim Thompson Thai Silk Co in Bangkok and a multi-work commission for the new Lauritzen Outpatient Building in Omaha. LVK’s works are in many collections in the US including three of works which are in 4 World Trade Center, NYC and the new Marriott in Omaha’s Arts District.
Owner of Laurie and Charles Photographs in Omaha for 20+years. Selection of past exhibitions includes: Accessible Art Fair NYC 2016, Multi-work installation Lauritzen Outpatient 2016, 2016 artistic collaboration with Jim Thompson Thai Silk Co. , Exhibition Anne Loucks Gallery 2016, 2015, 2013, Joslyn Art Museum Art Seen 2015, Gilman Contemporary 2015, Art Hamptons 2014, Clic Gallery NYC 2012, ArtMrkt San Fran 2012, Art Chicago 2010, awards include Prix de la Photographie Curator’s selection, International Masters Color Award, publications include Photo District News, SHOTS, Interiors, NY Mag, Outside Magazine, California Home and Design.
Creating escapist, imagined, landscapes-both urban and natural, injected with saturated color, balanced in symmetrical form, I want to take the viewer on a journey. The influence of travel in this body of work is paramount to each specific piece. They are places I want to go back to, altered by my imagination in a perfectionist way. My background in painting has long imbued my use of color and form. I see the photographic singular image in a way that becomes framework for my compositions. Conceptual opposites-lightness in dark spaces and structure in natural gardens- act a psychological metaphors to this work. Ultimately, I want the viewer to enter each work in a uniquely personal way.
Laurie Victor Kay 2018