Laurel Hauge (b. 1994) is an American artist and writer who lives and works in Milan. She holds a BA in Fine Art, as well as being a co-founder, together with her partner Lele Buonerba, of Have a Nice Day Press which develops editorial projects around artists' work related to current Internet culture. In 2020 Hauge exhibited the installation I think about / all the things I could reach / before you a North Pole Exhibitions in Chicago, while in 2016, she took part in a show with All These Things at Bowtruss-Pilsen in Chicago. In 2018 she participated in the Endless Editions Biennial: Optimism project, curated by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, at Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York.
Laurel has an intense fascination with the aesthetics of objects and devices developed and created according to their function rather than their shape. In this sense, she was influenced by her own professional experiences.
For some time, the artist had collaborated with and assisted artists in the production and construction of the works. This allowed her to think about the development and birth of an object, particularly a work of art, its statute and its specific setup needs.
The tasks, gestures, and equipment make up the basis for the simplest acts, such as hand movement when dividing something in two. Hauge studies the aspects that are often taken for granted in the production and display of objects.
Her practice includes various techniques ranging from photography to video and performance, but her most intimate works - which focus on themes from her personal experiences - are often made in writing through exploring a narrative. Part of this is the video installation which tells a particular moment in Laurel’s life through an impersonal and robotic voice.
The images of the ocean and seas between New York and the Italian coasts collected by Google Earth, combined with the mechanical narrative, dwell on the feelings of displacement, separation and uncertainty that she experienced during the year and a half in which she had lived in New York. The glitch, the low resolution and the difficulty in discerning monochrome images reflect the many complexities that the