Connection--in its broadest sense--permeates the movement and installation work of Lauri Stallings. Drawing on her interest in choreography as a toolbox, Stallings addresses the notion of social sculpture, and the conviction that bodies of information stored in the daily lives of people are art. With modest economies, she creates work of very diverse context, scale, and textures, oriented toward the question of instinct. Interrogating the infinite challenges of human co-existence—as well as the blurred lines between the fragility of the human body and the fragility of nature—Stallings’ continues to mix forms that defy the boundaries of genre. Time is her most consistent material.
Recent solo exhibitions include 'Supple Means of Connection,' High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (2019); rather than appearing to rise up soft to your chest and a whole lotta’ mercy',’ Hudgens Center, Duluth GA(2018); 'the room for tender choreographies,' MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA(2017). Roaming installations include ‘Land Trees and Women,’ Flux Projects, Historic Grant Park, Atlanta, GA (2018) 'And all directions I come to you, ‘CREATIVE TIME, New York, NY (2015).; ‘Livers,’ Art Basel Miami (2013). Stallings garnered the Hudgens Prize 2018, MOCA GA Fellow 2017, Artadia Award 2014, and Rome Prize nominee 2013. June 2019 saw the artist as first choreographer as artist in residence at the High Museum. For the 2019 Florence Biennale', Stallings has been invited to make her choreographies. In 2009, Stallings debuted glo, a nonprofit platform aimed at building relationships across issues, identities and creative possibilities. Many glo initiatives have focussed on the revitalization of the Deep South, creating temporary hubs and migrations for racial minorities and the poor in remote areas, which serve as catalysts for discussions on equity, race, history, and who gets to dance. Along with her peers, Stallings is always trying to carve out a space somewhere between performance and social activism.
Stallings work has been funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Creative Time, MailChimp, Possible Futures, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, Georgia Council for the Arts-NEA, Atlanta Beltline Urban Development, Lubo Fund, Cheney Foundation, Richard Driehaus Foundation, South Arts, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Her work has been commissioned by and presented at such venues as Central Park, High Museum of Art, Center for Civil and Human Rights, Art Basel:Miami, City Center, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Chattahoochee River National Park, Harris Theatre, DMAC, Atlanta Contemporary, Zuckerman Museum, Swan Coach House Gallery, and internationally in England, Germany, Canada, and Netherlands. She is a Bogliasco Fellow, and Flux Projects debut artist. Stallings is the inaugural recipient of Emory University’s Community Artist Impact Award.
Lauri has been experimenting with site-specific music and movement installations with Maestro Robert Spano since 2011. She considers these deep collaborations as internal maps to orient people and artists towards various states of reawaken. The body of her collaborative work in the South began alongside hip hop artist Big Boi of Outkast, first generation Dungeon Family artists Big Rube and Sleepy Brown, and Janelle Monae' and Wondaland Arts Society. Stallings graduated cum laude with a BFA in performance from Point Park University, and completed a long performance career as a dancer with Hubbard St. Dance Chicago.
Stallings was born and raised on the Eastside of Gainesville, Florida. In 2012, Stallings older brother died of complications to HIV/AIDS, and to date the artist considers his life as her most important education. Stallings makes all of her work at The Goat Farm Arts Center, a 120-year old hybrid art farm in Atlanta.