Review: Lauren Zoll: Something Is at the IMA 

***1/2
click to enlarge Lauren Zoll, in front of one of the process pieces that make up Something Is. - COURTESY OF INDIANAPOLIS MUSEUM OF ART

For the past few years, Indy-based artist Lauren Zoll has been creating large-scale paintings by pouring black latex paint on drywall and letting it congeal. When I first laid eyes on the results in this exhibition, I thought of Google Maps.

When you look at the topography of a lava field in Google Maps, as if from above, you see lava frozen in place as it was when it first congealed. The lava on the surface dries first and the molten basalt flows underneath, forming tunnels. The surfaces of these fields crack as they dry.

Something similar happens in Zoll's paintings. The thickly applied paint dries first near the surface but remains liquid for a longer period of time underneath. But unlike the surfaces of lava fields, these poured paintings have reflective qualities that Zoll has found novel ways to explore.

During one such exploration, she attached a painting to the roof of her car and filmed its reflections as she drove around Indianapolis. Another video, available on the IMA website, has an enthusiastic Zoll explaining her installation in plain English. This video isn't a bad way to start a tour of her work.

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