|The earliest work in Pat Lay's impressive retrospective at Aljira : ceramic wall pieces describing urban topographies.
Lay was based in Buffalo at the time.
Aljira link (through March 19th)
|An Asian garden-inspired grid, which Marcia Tucker selected for the 1975 Whitney Biennial, just five years after Lay relocated to Manhattan.
|Detail of the Asian Garden grid floor work, recalling Jennifer Bartlett and Pat Steir's grids.
|Smaller garden works.
|Lay's interest in African and Asian culture was already clear.
|In the 1980s, Lay took a technical welding class and began working with wood and marble.
|She made totemic structures inspired by African sculpture, which also recall Louise Bourgeois
|A variety of shapes gathered together, presaging her later , figurative works inspired by African avatar-like forms that assemble objects from the person's life and gather them together.
|The quality of surface on these works is astounding. Ceramic on welded steel armatures.
|By this time, Lay had traveled frequently to China, Thailand and Indonesia.
|The front room at Aljira (exhibition moves from back to front, chronologically) with portrait heads and scrolls.
|Persian miniatures inspired Lay to break prescribed formats...
|Setting up boundaries then breaking them. These recent works are digital prints.
|Lay has been working with digital print on Kozo paper, which thin, absorbent surface allows the color to saturate.
|The prints on Kozo are mounted, with hand-painted strips of metallic paint or gold leaf, on Tyvek.
|The artist Pat Lay.