The Americas

Performer, oil on canvas, 107 x 132cm, 2011

Annie Lapin

Born 1979, USA

Annie Lapin received an MFA from UCLA and a BA from Yale University. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Her museum exhibitions include the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA; Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO. Her work has been exhibited at Honor Fraser, Angles Gallery, and LA Louver in Los Angeles, Galerie Lelong and Fredericks and Frasier in New York and Barbara Davis, Houston, TX. She will be included in an upcoming group show at the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA and a solo show at Annarumma, Naples, Italy.  Modern Painters and Angeleno magazines have recently noted Lapin and her work as vital to the Los Angeles arts community, and she was the Editor’s Pick in New American Paintings, January 2011.

Lapin’s luscious, high-energy compositions mix painterly conventions of representation with an obliterating gestural abstraction. Lapin refers to ‘specters’ of realism that haunt the abstraction in these elaborately layered paintings. In viewing Lapin’s work one seeks and temporarily sees indications of illusionistic space—a horizon line, a column, the shadow of a tree—only to find that it behaves instead the next moment as a collection of sinuous ribbons of paint bound to the surface. Evident in the restless sweeping gestures of the brushwork and scrubbed zones is an indebtedness to various traditions of Expressionist mark making. But essential to the expressiveness in Lapin’s paintings is the articulation of space. The artist has developed a “palette” of elemental forces extracted from a lineage of painting and visual culture of her own devising. A number of recent works submit compositional conventions from sensuous Rococo landscapes to the gravitational pull of the pure relations of abstract painting.

Lapin’s practice is fueled by a philosophical inquisitiveness as well as a relationship with works from the history of art on the terms of their core formal expressions. Her investigations of the articulation of space have led to the production of paintings and installations, which, while never at rest, are lacking neither in ordering nor chaotic accents; and ultimately promote a sublime seizure of instability.

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