Laurie Shapiro’s large-scale, mixed-media paintings can be viewed from the wall or in an otherworldly setting where she creates installations that you can walk inside. Her work is driven by an insatiable need to inquire about the nature of how we perceive the world. Fascinated by color and process, Shapiro initially builds up her paintings by screen printing stencils of her drawings, then hand sewing the segments on muslin which she then brings to life with layers of painting . When viewed up close, one can see the intricate details and hand-stitching of her screen printed drawings.
Born in Long Island, NY (1990), Shapiro has a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University (2012), and spent a semester at Bilkent University in Ankara Turkey (2011). She has completed artist residencies at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, and the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. In Los Angeles, where she lives and works, Shapiro has had two solo shows with Radiant Space Gallery. She has also shown with Mars Gallery in Chicago. Shapiro was the recipient of an Artists’ Fellowship Grant, Center for Cultural Innovation Grant, Vibrant Cities Art Grant, and was awarded a fellowship at American Jewish University. In addition, Shapiro’s installations have been commissioned for the City of San Luis Obispo with the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, Otherworld, and Coffee World. Her paintings are in public and private collections, including the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles and Bilkent University.
Olivia Mia Orozco, founder of Performative Pop-Ups, has over ten years of experience in the event, art, and performance world. She has ongoing relationships with up-and-coming artists and was the Director of Radiant Space, a thriving art gallery in the middle of Hollywood California where she worked with various artists and curated performances, art shows, meals, talks, and many events. She and Laurie Shapiro have worked together for several years activating Laurie's installations with unique gatherings for the Los Angeles art community. Together they have presented pop-up shows at Swimm's Love You Down Music Festival and Stars in Your Eyes at the Paramount Music Academy as well as two solo exhibitions, Before You Were Born and Alchemy Tunnel at Radiant Space. They recently activated Laurie's studio space with live performances and created an art film, Take Me To The Color.
Unexpected movers and performers navigate an intergalactic world of color. Filmed inside micro performances during the Pandemic, the camera captures this rare moment in time of several artistic collaborators.
Directed and Produced by Olivia Mia Orozco. Filmed and edited by Brendan Wheelan. Performances by Chris Andrews, Taylor Unwin, The Contaminator, Courtney Hartman, Cotton Candy with original music by Antonio Harper, and costumes made by Mimi Haddon for two of the performers.