Dion Laurent
Since 2003
Works in Rosanky United States of America

http://www.dionlaurent.com http://www.earthman1.com Dion Laurent’s art is one of reflection, using his lifestyle, studies and travels across his adventured world as inspiration for works ranging from painting, drawing, video and installation, to new media, photography, performance and sculpture. Laurent reveals his hopes, suggestions, ideals and optimism in candid and passionate work that is frequently both tragic and humorous. Laurent’s art has an immediacy and often provocative attitude that firmly locates his work in social and environmental discourse. By re-appropriating conventional icons - or ‘popular images’ - for radical intentions, Laurent’s work resonates with the environmental tenets of "wake up" and "act globally". In his EarthMan and related works, Laurent blends art and science, NASA and pop Andy Warhol, emulating the conditions of living in outer space here in the extremes of earth by combining the pioneering science and spirit of space exploration with contemporary art practice using cutting edge science, research, invention and materials in popular imagery. His work is characterized by the use of materials charged with historic and symbolic meaning, articulated in a language that references and reflects science as well as the broad realms of art. Dion Laurent was born near Chicago in 1965. He has exhibited extensively internationally including solo and group exhibitions in England, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, Australia, Thailand, China, Brazil, Turkey and the USA. Dion's work has been shown around the world in such diverse venues as The Art Car Museum in Houston, Texas, Texas A&M University Visual Arts Gallery, Art Forum Montreux, the Florence Bienniale, The Tennessee State Museum, performances inside and outside the Tate Modern, the Serpentine Gallery, Palais de Tokyo, Art Basel, Art Basel Miami Beach, Art Chicago, the Louvre, and Espace d'Animation des Blancs-Manteaux, Paris. His new media works are featured on Furtherfield.org and archived on the Rhizome.org database of the New Museum, NY,NY. The "Golden Age of Barcodes" was among the video selections for FILE 05, SESI Gallery, Sao Paolo, Brazil, and FILE Rio 2006. Dion has lived, traveled and painted in Europe, Southeast Asia, the U.S. and Caribbean. He often intermingles the works from many countries with his studio works, and concentrates for several years on the development of various series, exhibits and installations. His exhibits generally are interdisciplinary installations. Dion attended Texas A&M University in College Station and Belmont University in Nashville. He spent 7 years traveling the world with a backpack of supplies and painted, created and exhibited all along the way. He has lived and had studios around the world, including 6 years in Tokyo, across Asia, and on a small southern Japanese island in the Pacific. Laurent currently lives and works in South Central Texas.
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EarthMan in Seattle and Vancouver

Just spreading flowers and fun and a little update on the ongoing adventures of EarthMan.

EarthMan makes the cover of Seattle's The Stranger:

and Performs in Vancouver and Seattle (see The Stranger video here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5NCLQpWUws )

About EarthMan:

Some updated documentation of EarthMan's ongoing World Tour.



Dion Laurent - Galerie du Tir, Geneva

Wed Jun 06, 2007 00:00 - Sat Jun 02, 2007

Dion Laurent's around-the-world environmental art installation and
performance project EarthMan, now touring and performing for 2
months in Europe will be highlighted with an installation in Geneva at Galerie du Tir.
The opening event and live performance at Galerie du Tir is sceduled
for June 6, 2007 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.. The installation runs
through July 6, 2007.

Laurent's EarthMan project have included tactical performances and
documentation in the Tate Modern and Serpentine Gallery in London,
Palais de Tokyo in Paris, and MAMCO in Geneva, among other venues and
locations. The project is on-going.

Links to Laurent's EarthMan, a science-based
self-sustaining survival suit and survival pod installation and
performance project, documented over the past 4 years are as follows:




For further information, please contact info@dionlaurent.com,
or contact Galerie du Tir, Geneva:

1 rue du Tir
1204 Geneve

email: galeriedutir@bluewin.ch

phone: 41 (0)22 321 02 58
fax: 41 (0)22 321 71 60

Please invite whom you please and forward widely.
Dion Laurent



EarthMan arrested in Monaco

For years I have wanted to travel my EarthMan project around the world, to perform in
extremes of societal and natural environments. In just a few perfomances thus far it
seems to be something of a social barometer, a scale of tolerance for adventure and
experimentation. I was arrested in Monaco last week during a perfomance and held until I
erased all video documentation from the point of the police approaching me. By slight of
hand, I managed to erase just one minute of 10 minutes or so of video including the
police and motorcade escort to the police station. The one minute of recording-over
captured the audio of my pleas (with the assistance of some friends translating) to save
the video and the police department's insistence to erase or face much more serious
consequences. See photo taken just after the police approached me in
Monaco(here the cop is telling me to drop my olive tree and shovel)
http://www.dionlaurent.com/news1.htm . The reason given
for the arrest, they "thought the plants in my air terrarium backpack were marijuana",
and "you can't be barefoot in Monaco". I was apprehended on the Golden Gate Bridge
during that performance 2 years ago, for "disrupting traffic"(they didn't force me to
erase the video). I am in London at the moment - I just want to plant a tree and hand out
some flowers.
Two performances planned for Wednesday, April 18, 12 noon or so and 2 pm or so.