The Gallery: Geraldine Lau

The Gallery: Geraldine Lau

Maxwell Ryan
Jan 19, 2006

Information Retrieval IR 88 (Shea Stadium), installation at Queens Museum, NYC, 2004

Introducing Geraldine Lau. I first saw Geraldine's work at the New Museum in January 2002. I loved how her free-form pieces were applied directly onto the museum walls: lyrical map-like drawings made completely of colored tape and adhesive vinyl.

I've tracked her down, and her work has continued in this vein -- artistically investigating spaces that societies have created and mapping how these have developed over time.

Information Retrieval IR 118, installation at Wave Hill Gallery, Riverdale.

"Information Retrieval # 67", 2002 vinyl on paper

Geraldine works from maps (both current and historical) and combines these with her own drawings & tracings, scanning this material into digital files that are used to generate laser-cut vinyl shapes in many colors and sizes… which then form the art piece, applied directly to the wall.

Information Retrieval IR 111, installation at SVA Galleries, NYC

Information Retrieval IR 104, installation at Center for the Arts, Troy, Albany.

In the artists words, "The materials that make up the cartographic structures are common bonding and signage elements: tapes, vinyls and adhesives. It is an ongoing tribute to the delicate balance in urban landscapes and the glue that makes different neighborhoods coexist and adhere on a social level."

She has also used a similar process to make small drawings on vellum and more recently a collection of prints published by the Lower East Side Print Shop.

Information Retrieval #80 (Vienna Bound).2003. Screenprint, 25" x 37".

Information Retrieval #79 (Buttermilk Channel).2003. Screenprint, 25.25" x 37.25"

Information Retrieval #81 (Eastward).2003 Screenprint, 25" x 37"

These prints are available for sale directly through the Lower East Side Print Shop . Buying prints is a terrific way to begin collecting work by noteworthy artists, as prices are more affordable. Take a look at the range of work for sale at this press.

Please direct any questions or inquiries about the work to the artist directly at

- Amy Chase

(not maxwell)

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