Ted Lawson

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Ted Lawson (born 1970) is an American contemporary artist.


Lawson's work often uses technology to create organic abstractions, "often teeter[ing] between computer programming and fine art, [and] exploring the moments when human error makes its mark on mechanized perfection." Focusing on form and figure, Lawson "mount[s] a nuanced exploration of human experience in the physical world, and the role art and technology play in our classification and understanding of it."[1]

In 2011, he started a large-scale sculpture commissioned by Napster and Facebook founder Sean Parker. The piece was finished and installed in Parker's home in 2014.

Lawson owns Prototype New York, an art fabrication studio, which has created works for Ghada Amer, Mariko Mori, Jeff Koons, Terence Koh and Yoko Ono.[2]

Ghost In The Machine[edit]

In 2014, Lawson began working on a series of drawings using his own blood fed to a modified CNC machine. The initial drawing, a life size self-portrait called Ghost In The Machine, went viral after a video of the process was picked up and shared by Huffington Post, Juxtapoz Magazine, and many more. According to the Huffington Post,

"For the life-sized piece, titled 'Ghost in the Machine,' Lawson wrote thousands of lines of code directing a CNC machine to draft his portrait, thus merging manufacturing and artistic processes. He then hooked himself up to a robotic arm intravenously, and spent hours literally pouring his blood into the work. The visceral piece, a collaborative effort between man and machine, challenges those who consider digital or mechanical art to be more removed than traditional fine art fields like painting and drawing."[1] The piece made its debut at Lawson's solo exhibition "The Map Is Not The Territory" at the Joseph Gross Gallery[3]

Ceci N'est Pas Un Viol[edit]

In 2015 Lawson directed Ceci N'est Pas Un Viol, a video conceived by performance artist Emma Sulkowicz. The work explores the boundaries between consensual and non-consensual sex.[4]



  •  ”Undressed.”, (Group Exhibition) Philip Bloom Gallery -Nantucket, Ma
  • “The Selfie Show”, (Group Exhibition) Museum of New Art – Detroit, MI
  •  SF Art Market (Art Fair), Zener Schon Contemporary Art – San francisco, CA
  • “From East to West”, (Group Exhibition) Zener Schon Contemporary Art – San francisco, CA


  • The Map Is Not The Territory (Solo Exhibition) - Joseph Gross Gallery, NYC
  • Moving Sale – (Group Exhibition) – Two Thirty Gallery
  • Scope Art Fair, NYC – ArtNowNYC
  • Wynwood Art Fair, Miami - Emmanuel Fremin Gallery


  • Scope Art Fair, Miami - ArtNowNYC
  • Scope Art Fair, Miami - Emmanuel Fremin Gallery
  • Crude (Solo Exhibition) – Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, NYC
  • Paper Vernacular (Group Exhibition) - House of The Nobleman/Cutlog Art Fair - NYC
  • Happening (Group Exhibition/Auction) - Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, LA


  • Entropy (Solo Exhibition) – Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, NYC
  • Art Hamptons, New York
  • Scope Art Show, Miami
  • Scope Art Show, NYC
  • The AAF, Contemporary Art Fair, NYC


  • Group Exhibition, “Eve” – W.I.P. Gallery, Tribeca NYC


  • Memorial – Collaborative exhibit - National Arts Club, NYC


  • Project Organism – Web based Sculpture project


  • Drinking with strangers – Performance/Video – The Frying Pan, NYC


  • Everything I Own – Solo installation – 358 Gallery, NYC


External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Priscilla Frank (18 August 2014). "And Here Is The Selfie Made Out Of Blood You've (Maybe) Been Waiting For (NSFW)". The Huffington Post. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  3. ^ "The Map Is Not the Territory". Social Alerts. Social Alerts. 
  4. ^ Cait Munro, "Emma Sulkowicz Breaks New Ground With Troubling Video Performance", Artnet, 4 June 2015.