Originally from Buffalo, New York and currently residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, artist Lauren Braun utilizes the idea of the Rust Belt City as a starting point to create the world seen in her work. Alphabet City (pictured here), along with the two other pieces of artwork the Pennsylvania Convention Center acquired, are from a continuing series called “Rust Belt Collages.”
Alphabet City was inspired by the vibrancy of the urban cityscape and depicts a place both somewhere and nowhere – imagined and taken from observation.
Name: Lauren Braun
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California
Otis College of Art and Design, 1995-96, Syracuse University, College of Visual and Performing Arts, 1999, BFA
Tufts School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2003, MFA
Significant or special training:
As a child, I attended open studio at a small art school called MollyOlga (now Locust St. Neighborhood Arts) from 1988 - 1999 located in downtown Buffalo, NY.
Notable or memorable instructors or mentors:
Molly Bethel, Olga Lownie, Richard Gubernick, Doug Dubois
Particular field of study or class work:
At Syracuse University I majored in art photography. I also studied painting and drawing.
Major influences/admired artists:
The group, Archigram was a major influence for me as an artist. There are many amazing artists that influence me from those who have reached the highest levels of their craft to fellow artists working in my community. Please see below.
Favorite materials or media:
Pastels, graphite, charcoal, collage, paper
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