Los Angeles-based artist Laura Owens is best known for her bold paintings combining elements of pop and abstract art. But with the new launch of 50 emojis referencing Owens’s porcelain portrayals of iMessage icons, her sculptural practice is given an alternative space in which to shine.
To coincide with the Whitney’s current mid-career survey of Laura Owens’s practice (on view through February 4, 2018), the Manhattan museum dedicated to American art from the 20th and 21st centuries announced on January 17 that a new set of emoji designed by Laura Owens are now available for free download in the Apple App Store.
The icons have been adapted from a lesser-known series of hand-carved, porcelain-glazed sculptures forged by Owens. Each emoji bears a clear likeness to the stickers frequently used in iMessages. However, unlike Apple’s two-dimensional faces, Owens’s reflect the light, cast shadows as real objects with weight, and showcase their imperfect textures.
“For more than 20 years, Owens has pioneered an innovative approach to painting that has made her one of the most influential artists of her generation,” describes Apple. “Her bold and experimental work continues to challenge the relationships among avant-garde art, craft, pop culture, and technology.”
Download Laura Owens’s new set of 50 emojis for free in the Apple App Store.