Lorna Bauer

In her practice, Lorna Bauer utilizes photography and sculpture to examine human’s relationships to their surroundings. Bauer’s projects are generally characterized as site related, leading to a final result that has responded to a specific place and context, and speaks to a material and visual investigation into ideas and experiences generated from ecologies of lived environments. Bauer uses exclusively analogue technology as it provides a set of limitations to achieve an economy of form. She also understands documentary genres to be a series of conventions that can be put toward other poetic means. The sequences of photographs are meant to make the viewer aware of his/her presence at the threshold of the depicted space, and the exhibition site. The sculptural object becomes a middle term in this equation, although it can sometimes depart from its syntactic relationship to the images and become autonomous.


Lorna Bauer lives and works in Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal and her work has been featured in numerous solo and collective exhibitions in Canada and abroad: The National Gallery of Canada, The Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, The Darling Foundry (Montreal), Franz Kaka (Toronto), Eleftheria Tseliou Gallery, (Athens). She has been artist-in-residence at Despina (Rio de Janeiro), The Récollets (Paris), the Quebec-New York Residency, Banff Centre, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Her works are present in public and private collections, notably the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. In 2019 Bauer was awarded the Barbara Sphor Memorial Award and in 2021 she was a shortlisted finalist for the Sobey Art Award.

Recent exhibitions


Éclater le plafond de verre, group exhibition, Musée d’art de Joliette, Joliette, CA


Air Is Where Effort Goes, solo exhibition, Nicolas Robert Gallery, Toronto, CA
Sobey Art Award 2021, finalist 

A Blown Glass Trash Can, A Silk Sack for a Tire, group exhibition, Trilobite et le Pneu, Montréal, CA

Tools for Idlers, solo exhibition, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal, CA

The Hand of Mee, solo exhibition, Franz Kaka Gallery, Toronto, CA