Lora FOSBERG

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Lora Fosberg • Profile

 

Lora Fosberg

Employing clever, accessible, arguably subversive mechanisms to reach the masses – humor, self-deprecation, beauty and skill, Lora Fosberg allows us to both tolerate and even embrace our egocentric and destructive selves.  Throughout the years and in her own unique visual langue, she has expertly and unpretentiously used different forms of two dimensional and three dimensional materials to give a fresh look at familiar ground – the “stuff” of our everyday lives.  Our own trials and tribulations, the foibles and frailties of our being and the interrelationships of diverging and contradictory emotions intentionally, yet easily, sneak from the masterful narratives and compositions of her work into the viewer’s head.

As salient as her works’ formal qualities is its ability to communicate weightier ideas. Visually appealing, mesmerizing and executed in a soft, lighthearted and approachable pallet, Fosberg conveys self-reflective, personal, social and sometimes tragic content.  She writes of feeling like we’re “more at a tipping point than ever before” and as intelligent human beings, her art tells us that our vainglory should be at an all time low.  So perhaps the pill to remind us that we are both our own worst enemy as well as each other’s only friend is to look closer at our flaws and imperfections and maybe recognize what having a vision can accomplish.

Lora Fosberg has exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad. Recent solo exhibitions include Linda Warren Projects in Chicago, Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Lubeznik Center for the Arts in Michigan City. Fosberg received her BFA from the University of Illinois, Champaign, IL and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Fosberg’s work is in the holdings of such collections as Kirkland & Ellis and Eaton Center in Cleveland, as well as numerous prestigious private collections. Recent commissions include installations at Naha Restaurant and Brindille Restaurant, the 2015 James Beard Award Winner for Outstanding Restaurant Design.

 


Lora Fosberg • Statement

I utilize metaphor, memory, iconography, and narrative in my work to express the complexities as well as the banalities of our existence. My intent is to create a universal language using symbols, iconography, and text derived from everyday life, thus enabling me to reach a wider audience.

My process is anthropological: objects and events are experienced, assembled, and recorded. The subjects of my work are the intricacies and intimacies of life: the memories of a personal yet shared childhood, relationships, emotions, and perceptions of the mundane. The specific and the generalized, the personal and the universal, all hold equal importance in my work. Appearing repeatedly throughout my practice are isolated, lonesome moments and epic disasters, alternated with quiet instances of bliss, and scenes of collective rebuilding and symbolic growth.

I am attempting to disarm the viewer with imagery and language that allows them to regress to a particular memory, a specific moment of understanding, a particular conflict, an absence or connection to others, or to nature. I am interested in enlarging emotional possibility.


Lora Fosberg • Biography

EDUCATION

1992
Master of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1988
Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI

“TypeForce”, the co-prosperity sphere, Chicago, IL

2015
“Saving the Dunes”, Artist’s Paths, Marshall J. Gardner Art Center, Miller Beach, IN

“The steamroller printmaking project”, Lubeznick Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN

“Everything Looks Perfect From Far Away”, Lubeznick Center For the Arts, Michigan City, IN

“More Trees Please”, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL

2014   
“Not just another pretty face”, Hyde park art center, Chicago, IL

“The End of Absurdity”, Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, IL

“Everything and Nothing”, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2012   
“Not just another pretty face”, Hyde park art center, Chicago, IL

“The Miracle of the Actual”, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Fallible memories and wayward fictions”, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago IL

2011    
“Do It Now”, Eight Modern Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

"Inaugural Show", Walnut Ink Gallery, Michigan City, IN

“Wishing You Love and Happiness and Curiosity Forever”, V1 Gallery, Copenhagen, Denmark

“(S)edition”, curated by Marc Pascale, Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (UICA), Grand Rapids, MI

“Typeforce”, Co-prosperity Sphere, Chicago, IL

ART Chicago, represented by Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

“NEXT art fair”, represented by Pele Prints, St. Louis, MO

“Interface”, Center of Creative Arts (COCA), curated by Pele Prints, St. Louis, MO

2010   
“You Can’t Fall Off the Floor”, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Live or Live”, Kayo Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT

2009   
“Feel the Now”, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

ART Chicago, represented by Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

NEXT art fair, represented by Pele Prints, St. Louis, MO

“Spellbound”, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

“Signs of the Apocalypse/Raptur”e, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

“Emmett Kerrigan and Lora Fosberg”, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

2008   
“A Field Guide to Forgetting”, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Clouds Et. Al”, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL

ART Chicago, represented by Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

“NEXT art fair”, represented by Pele Prints, St. Louis, MO

“Red Dot art fair”, represented by Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Pulse art fair Miami”, represented by Jack Fischer Gallery, Miami, FL

2007   
“For Now”, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Dystopia for Daydreamers”, UICA (Urban Institute for Contemporary Art), Grand Rapids, MI

“44 New Drawings”, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

ART Chicago, represented by Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Kent State University with Pierogi Flat Files”, drawing invitational, Kent, OH

2006   
"Art LA", represented by Linda Warren Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI

“Drawing No Conclusions”, curated by Dominic Molon, Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL

“Layer on Layer: a collage show”, Judith Racht Gallery, Harbert, MI

“Yes to Everything”, Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

“12 x 12: New Artists/New Work”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2005   
ART Chicago, represented by Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Fagile, handle with care”, Museum Works Gallery, New York, NY

2004   
"Species", Linda Warren Gallery, Chicago, IL

"Highlights", Junc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“me vs. you”, Melanee Cooper Gallery, Chicago, IL

2003   
“Politics as Usual”, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Greener Grass”, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI

2002   
“Natural History”, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Really Huge”, Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL

Affordable Art Fair, New York, represented by Aron Packer Gallery, Chicago, IL

2001   
10th Annual Figurative Small Works Show, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL

14th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper, McNeese State University,Lake Charles,LA

1999   
“Both Ends burning”, Grand Street Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Dia des Los Muertos”, La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

"Summer Group Show", Gallery A, Chicago, IL

“By-cycles, Maritain Art Institute”, Loveland, OH

“Zusammen”, Milktooth, Chicago, IL

1998   
"Summer Group Show", Gallery A, Chicago, IL

Art Chicago- The Pier Show, 1998, represented by Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery, Chicago, IL

"Los Muertos", La Luz de Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“More is More”, Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery, Chicago, IL

1997   
“One Hand on the Dark Side”, Anchor Graphics, Chicago, IL

Art Chicago- The Pier Show, , represented by Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Revelations: Artists Look at Religion”, Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

1996   
“Moving the Body Forward”, Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Summer Rocks”, World Tattoo Gallery, Chicago, IL

1995  
“Grab Bag”, curated by Don Baum, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL

Art Chicago- The Pier Show, 1995, represented by Lorenzo Rodriguez Gallery, Chicago, IL

“The Now”, Anchor Graphics, Chicago, IL

INSTALLATIONS

2014         
CH Distillery, Chicago, IL

2013         
Brindille Restaurant, Chicago, IL

2012  
Eaton corporation, Cleveland, OH

2004  
Tank Restaurant Chicago, IL

2000  
Naha Restaurant, Chicago, IL

ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2002         
Frans Masereel Art Center, Kasterlee, Belgium

2000         
Oxbow, School of the Art Institute, Saugatuck, MI

1999   
Oxbow, School of the Art Institute, Saugatuck, MI

PUBLICATIONS

2008   
"The End of the Beginning, a Decade of Work", Lora Fosberg