Lauren Bon is an artist whose practice, Metabolic Studio, is located in Los Angeles. She works with architecture, sculpture, performance, photography, sound, and agriculture to create urban, public, and land art projects that she terms "devices of wonder" to galvanize social and political transformation.
Some of the her works include: Not A Cornfield (2005-2006), which turned a 32-acre brownfield in the historic center of Los Angeles into a State Park; Strawberry Flag (2009-2010), an aquaponic strawberry farm raised at an under-purposed property that was deeded to be a home for veterans in 1888; AgH20 (2007), a 240-mile work that aims at reconnecting Los Angeles with the elements that made it viable historically, both mined from the mountains of the Owens Valley. The studio’s current project, Bending the River Back into the City, utilizes Los Angeles’s first water commons and allows the currency of water to create social capital.
Lauren has done solo exhibitions at Hand Held Objects, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, ACE Gallery, and Various Small Fires. Lauren is currently preparing for her participation in the 2019 Biennale Arte. The exhibition, titled Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale that Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, is curated by Francesca Pietropaolo and Phong Bui. It will include works by Lauren Bon, Wolfgang Laib, Shoja Azari and Shahram Karimi, Julian Charrière, Shirin Neshat, Kiki Smith, Newton Harrison, and Maya Lin. The exhibition, which runs May 8, 2019 until November 24 2019, will be held at the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Penitenti in Venice, Italy.