9 Oct 2015
The Real Smiling Rock
Go to www.ebay.com
Navigate to a category called “Everything Else.”
Within it are categories like “Weird Stuff,” “Totally Bizarre,” and simply “Other.”
This is the outer limits of eBay, a place for items that defy categorization.
Set your minimum bid relatively high at $1,000, for example.
Now you are scrolling through the crème of the dregs of online auctions.
This is where the smiling rock resides.
Lindsay Lawson’s fascination with a certain unusual rock listed on eBay has been central to her practice for several years resulting in numerous exhibitions, texts, and a feature-length film. The Real Smiling Rock is a performative lecture in which Lawson explains how this all came to be and how deep an online infatuation can delve.
Lindsay Lawson’s body of work references various forms of cultural production – drama, film, music, dance, as well as visual arts – in a series of enquiries that encompass both the popular and highbrow, from Shakespearean drama to the Hollywood blockbuster.
Born in the United States and based in Berlin, Lindsay Lawson received her BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, her MFA in New Genres from UCLA, and attended the Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. Her work spans media such as film, video, installation, photography, sculpture, performance, and text. Her first feature-length film, “The Smiling Rock” is was shot in Berlin and is currently in post-production. She has exhibited internationally at venues such as Gillmeier Rech, Berlin; LAXART, Los Angeles; Yossi Milo Gallery, New York; Carroll/Fletcher, London; Kavi Gupta Gallery, Berlin; Reed College, Portland; New Orleans Film Society; Beijing Biennale.