Laure Prouvost’s idiosyncratic installations at Frieze Art Fair were cacophonous environments centred on domestic objects, film, sound and that often invoked loose narratives based on a single event. Humorous, irreverent, and discordant, these installations included a number of hand-painted signs that purport to instil some order into the situation, but often offer little clarity. Playing with issues of language, translation and authority, or with ideas around space and disorientation, the signs were often funny, sometimes sweet, occasionally straightforward and instructional. Prouvost’s signs for Frieze Projects were made in the days preceding the fair as a response to the architecture of the space and the movement of its audience.
Laure Prouvost (b.1978) is a French artist based in London. Recent solo projects include: before, before. before it was, the title sequence, spinning before next, a squid, MOT International, London (2011); It, heat, hit, Art Now Lightbox, Tate Britain, London (2010); Storeybored, After the Butcher, Berlin; and Burrow Me, Lighthouse, Brighton, (both 2009). Recent group shows include: ‘Subjective Projections’, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld; ‘Time Again’, Sculpture Centre, New York; ‘Between Here and There’, Calder Foundation, New York, (all 2011); ‘Avec Excoffon’, IFF Galerie, Marseille (2010); and ‘The Know Unknows’, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2009. In 2010 Prouvost received a Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network award. In 2011 she was nominated for the MaxMara Art Prize for Women and was the principle prize winner at the 57th Oberhausen film festival.