LA Artcore is pleased to present Places: Famous and Ordinary, Jennifer Lanski’s first solo exhibition of drawings and photographs with the gallery. Lanski’s drawings and other projects often appear traditional at first glance and then reveal their social or critical component upon deeper consideration. Her work is frequently serial in nature and possesses underlying humor. Often in a project, a seemingly rigid structural system must stretch under unanticipated or uncontrollable conditions.
In Time/Temperature series, Lanski drew each day outside in Vermont, correlating the current temperature in degrees Fahrenheit to the number of minutes spent drawing. Drawing outside gives the project a performative element. Her motivating ideas behind the work are the exploration of what it means to be an artist in the world in the 21st century. Lanski placed herself in public view every day for a year to do her work, effectively moving the private studio out into public space. Thus, the public may engage daily with a practicing artist and see the creative process, both over the course of one drawing and over a span of 12 months. The spontaneous interactions that result were included in the text in each drawing, further positioning the physical drawing as also the residue of, and catalyst for the experience of its making.
In the artist’s Famous Places Series, Lanski removed evidence of the famous monument or place, instead of isolating the photographers in negative space, who are depicted photographing it. The photographing figures are simultaneously capturing the place where they are and separating themselves from being fully present by mediating their experience through a screen.
In National Park Series Lanski’s recent digitally-constructed photos, themselves the combination of numerous source photos taken by tourists leads to the partial obliteration or disappearance of the visitors revealing mainly the park’s signage. Like in the Famous Places Series, this series reveals again, the means through which we ascertain a landscape, a monument, and/or a work of art. It reveals also our patterns of consumption, valuation, and expression of it.
Jennifer Lanski is a Los Angeles based artist who earned her BA from Yale and her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design. She is a recipient of an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and several Vermont Studio Center Artist’s Grants. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally in such venues as Brand Library and Art Center (Glendale, California), Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, South Bend Museum of Art (South Bend, Indiana), Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, and Artower Agora (Athens, Greece), with a solo show at Proxy Gallery (Culver City, California).