Lisa Lofgren: The Earth, worn
This art exhibit is on display through Friday, May 6, 2016.
Lisa Lofgren: The Earth, worn is on display from March 21 through May 6 in the Joe McCauley Gallery, located in Room 2507 of the Instructional Commons Building (ICB) on Heartland's Normal campus, 1500 W. Raab Road. An artist reception will be held on Thursday, March 31 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the gallery.
Similar to hanging kimonos, The Earth, worn presents five groupings of prints suspended from the ceiling. Each grouping incorporates long, scroll-like prints draped over dowels. Lofgren’s body of work showcases a range of printmaking processes, including reductive woodcut, multi-block woodcut, soft ground etching, dry point, collagraph, monotype and stamp.
The Earth, worn is informed by the poetic observance and artistic practice of artists such as Botticelli (Italian-1400s), Hokusai (Japanese-1800s) and Frankenthaler (Jewish American-1900s). Lofgren states that "The Earth, worn relies on the metaphor and meaning of the kimono to depict a feminine beauty and intrigue as a layer waiting to be unveiled or simply reserved. Covered in images of land and sky, the kimonos become a channel of analogy: we wear the earth, and the earth wears us."
About the Artist
Lisa Lofgren is an artist, educator and founder of a not-for-profit community printmaking and papermaking facility, Together Press. In coordination with cometogetherstudios in Bloomington, Together Press provides classes and mentorship in and out of the studio.
Lofgren graduated from the University of Wyoming with a BFA and an MFA from Illinois State University. She taught and studied in India and Italy and continues to look for opportunities to study and teach abroad. Her work has been collected locally and internationally including private collections in Wyoming, Illinois, and Minnesota. Lofgren is returning to a more intensive art practice after spending the last few years as owner of Main Gallery 404, Inc. in Downtown Bloomington and as an adjunct faculty member at Eureka College.
Regarding her art, Lofgren looks to highlight the instances of discovery and moments of recognition through emotive, visual abstractions, allowing herself to get lost in the evolving subtleties of the print and the process. The resulting works, often inspired by Japanese woodblock prints, are translations of landscape, texture, body and diagrams that reveal a presence of something more. Her art is an accumulation of knowledge, both unifying and honest.