AGO X RBC Artist-in-Residence: Lauren Prousky

Lauren Prousky: Black Tie Soup Night

Residency period: January 23 – April 18, 2023

Performance photo from When we speak at the same time we speak the same language

Performance photo from When we speak at the same time we speak the same language. Taken by Tyler Matheson in June 2022 at Globe Studios. Features (left to right) Aashay Dalvi, Tess Martens and Megan Arnold.

Black Tie Soup Night is an absurdist art happening, a participatory performance and a party. It is part of a body of work that takes a play-based approach to exploring the theoretical concept of “primordial soup”. Lauren is using the term as a jumping off point to posit that we’re all people of the soup: floating, mixing and melting into each other in order to get by. BTSN also has a “protopian” bent, suggesting that, as soup people, we can find levity in embracing the chaos of our big bowl of inextricable goo. By organizing a community art project around something as commonplace and cozy as soup, she hopes to prompt conversations around nurturing and care in uncertain and reactive times.

Lauren Prousky

Lauren Prousky (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator based in so-called Kitchener. She has an MFA from the University of Waterloo, has exhibited work around Canada and has had residencies in Japan, Iceland, British Columbia, Ontario and Brooklyn. Lauren’s work generally consists of three to five simultaneous projects, which currently include how cultural linguistics affects everyday interaction, going up the down escalator as metaphor for the digestive tract and soup as catalyst to explore order, chaos and cuisine.

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