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British artist Lauren Keeley sets a scene of fitness figures, interlaced in various stretches and poses, all grouped within a park space. With the overall composition divided into an alternating set of frames, limbs and torsos clad in generic technical fitness clothing are rendered down to rhythmic combinations of shape, form and pattern. The figures look absurd in their exaggerated, feigned postures. But with a palette that is both bland and lurid and the repetitive use of graphic print, this expression becomes characterless - looking the part means looking the same, standing out is fitting in. The idea of exercise or ‘going for a run’ becomes as orchestrated and synthetic as any other part of contemporary life, with the emphasis on the preparation and getting ready for this moment, rather than the simple action itself.  

Lauren Keeley born 1986, Milton Keynes, lives and works in London. She Graduated from the MFA, Slade School of Fine Art, London (2014) and BFA, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford (2010). Recent solo shows include: Frutta, Rome, IT; Supplement, London, UK (both 2015). Recent group shows include: American Academy, Rome, IT; Breese Little, London, UK (both 2017); Slate Project, London, UK; The Workbench, Milan, IT (both 2016); Brand New Gallery, Milan, IT; MiArt, Milan, IT (2015); Sunday Art Fair, London, UK (2014); Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK (2013); Bedford Place, London, UK (2011); Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK (2008). Recent Residencies: Summer Residency, Porthmeor Studios, St Ives, Cornwall (2014). Recent Prizes: Barto dos Santos Memorial Prize (2014).

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Lauren Keeley, 1986, GB