Lisa Sigal's fourth solo show at Frederieke Taylor gallery, titled "Tent Paintings," was on view from November 29, 2007 through January 12, 2008. For a number of years, Lisa Sigal has been conflating building with the act of making art. Architecture becomes surface and painting can become shelter. Questioning the way in which space is measured and mediums are defined, Sigal plays with the differences between color, line, signage and wall until all things are seemingly equal. This exhibition will include tent-like installations using materials such as paint on wallpaper, sheetrock and newspaper. While wallpaper is generally a decorative surface expressing taste, in the case of these pieces, the walls are missing. The paper replaces the architecture and defines the boundaries. Also on view will be related collage drawings.
Of the work in this show, the artist writes:
"Lately I have been using wallpaper to build structures. I am interested in combining the cultural references that the wallpaper has with unexpected elements such as found notes, photographs, newspaper clippings, etc. which alter its meaning. The wallpaper pieces come from a group of paintings I call "Tent Paintings." The "Tent Paintings" are on folded sheetrock panels that are suggestive of makeshift shelters. The wallpaper seems like an extension of these folded architectural forms, unstuck and free form.
Besides the formal qualities of the wallpaper, I am interested in suggesting a mutable delineation between being inside and outside. This shift brings a subtle change in vantage point that has the potential to radically alter one's physical and philosophical perspective. Blurring the distinction between fiction and fact is an act of equality."
Lisa Sigal currently has an installation at P.S.1 MOMA, on view thru January 7, 2008. This installation directly relates to "Tent Paintings," where she is considering shelter as the threshold between the visual and physical. It is titled, “LIC 4BR total reno bsmt 2 skylite nr subway historic 1894 school bldg must see Lisa 347 613 0682, " which is a description of the piece as a place in the museum's boiler room.
Lisa Sigal will be included in the 2008 Whitney Biennal. Works by Lisa Sigal have been included in numerous museum and group exhibitions including The Aldrich Museum, CT, Sculpture Center, NY, Anderson Gallery in Richmond VA, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY, White Columns, NY, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, NC, Real Art Ways, CT. Sigal has been the recipient of the Headlands Center for the Arts Residency 2004, NYFA Grant 2002, Ballinglen Arts Foundation Fellowship Ireland 1999, Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant 1998, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Grant1998, Yaddo Fellowship 1991 and Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center 1988.
1989 MFA in Painting, Yale University School of Art, New Haven, CT
1986 Skowhegan School of Art, ME
1985 BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, PA
2007 Tent Painting, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NY
2005 New Drawings, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NY
A House of Many Mansions, Aldrich Museum, CT
2004 house paint, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NY
2001 Stone To Wind, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NY
2000 White Room show, White Columns Gallery, NY
1999 Queens Museum of Art at Bulova Corporate Center, NY
1994 Middlebury College Art Museum, Middlebury, VT
1991 Momenta Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2008 Whitney Biennial, NY
2007 Orpheus Selection, P.S.1/MOMA, Long Island City, NY
2006 Gifts Go In One Direction, Apex Art, NY
Couples, Palmer Museum, Penn State College Museum, PA
2005 Surface Charge, Anderson Gallery, VA; curated by Gregory Volk & Sabine Russ
Odd Lots, curated by Cabinet Magazine, White Columns and Queens Museum, NY
Make It Now, Sculpture Center, LIC, NY
2004 Open House, Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
Happy Medium, Clementine Gallery, NY
Freehand, Marvelli Lab, NY
Sprawl, (curated by Emily Wei and Haan Y. Chau),Hudson Clearing, NY
2003 Fast Forward, (curated by Lauren Ross) White Columns, NY
Abstruction, (curated by Eungie Joo) Artists Space, NY
On And Off the Wall, New York Foundation For The Arts
Painting Fellows, NY
Tenth Anniversary Exhibition, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, NY
Lean to, (curated by Eungie Joo) Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT
Paper, Weatherspoon Art Gallery, NC
2002 4 NY Painters, Montclair State Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2000 Summertime, Tricia Collins Gallery, NY
Conversation Exhibition, Art Resources Transfer, NY
1999 Outer Boroughs, White Columns, NY
Making Change, The Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA
1998 A Slice of the Apple, Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
From Here To Eternity, Max Protetch Gallery, NY
Three Languages of Landscape, Painting Center, NY
1997 The Press Of My Foot To The Earth Springs A Hundred Affections"
Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Pulse, No Bias Gallery, VT
1995 10 x 10, New York Studio School, NY
1993 Major Medical, City Without Walls, NJ
Little Things, Art in General, NY; traveled to Delta Axis Art
Center, Memphis; Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago;
Fesek Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
2003 Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta
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1998 Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant
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1991 Yaddo Fellowship
1988 Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center