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karen feuer-schwager

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Birth year
1942

Lives in
laguna beach ca

Works in
Laguna

Website

Schools
Tyler School of Art (Temple university)PHILA,PA
DON STACY/STACY STUDIO, NY,NY, 1966
CENTRE DE GRAVURE, GENEVA SWITZ, 1965, BFA

Representing galleries
LAGUNA ART MUSEUM SHOP, LAGUNA BEACH, CA, GALLERY FIVE, TEQUESTA, FLORIDA, GREEN CUBE, laguna beach, Spezzano Gallery, Ca, Long Beach

Tags
landscape, conceptual, installation, mixed-media, sculpture, abstract, experimental, arts-education

Statement

My Process

I work in mixed media, predominantly with polymer skins, which I form into textile-like structures. Drawing with graphite is primary in of all my work; to begin, I draw out patterns directly onto my high density plastic work table.  I then pour self-leveling gel atop the drawings to form irregularly shaped skins; these become paintings absent canvas backing.  I play with opacity and translucence and depth that intensify by layering and working on both sides of the skins.

             I also work with used tea bag paper substrates, placing lines of tea bag papers over drawings, forming long strips of paper.  I coat them with gel and loop them across one another. The teabags’ origami-like patterns fuse with the polymer to create a translucent, fabric-like weaving.  On this structure, I can use more tar gel to create depth and another texture.

            When these strips are cured and removed from the table surface, the underlying drawings transfer to the paper, and I can layer on additional skins. These strips are then woven and manipulated to form a garment, a shallow wall sculpture hung on custom designed Plexiglas hangers.

            This conceptual artistic genre began in 2004 when the curator of the Laguna Art Museum invited me to create murals of skins for large installations in their window facades; this work was completed with material donations from Golden Paints.  In 2005, in conjunction with a two-person show at California State Fullerton University’s Grand Central Art Center, I created another large mural of skins.

 

A multi-faceted artist, Karen Feuer-Schwager currently expresses her emotions, experiences and dreams through a neo-expressionistic style.  Whether working on canvas, plexiglas or Polaroid film, her work has a sensual and highly tactile quality that has evolved from techniques developed over a lifetime of making art.

Widely exhibited throughout Southern California, her artistic career began at an early age fostered by her father, a cartoonist.  Moving from the studio to classroom, Karen began teaching art after graduation from Temple University in 1965.  She has taught classes and provided needed instruction to various institutions as an art-therapist and working with learning disabled children.

Currently residing in Laguna Beach, California, she has lived and exhibited in New York, France and Switzerland.

Recent Exhibits

karen feuer-schwager participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2015 OVERLAP:collaborative effort, with choreographer Jayne Persch and the BRIAH dance Co. in Boulder Co. (2015) using my art as an inspiration for choreography and backdrops
The Dairy Art Center, Boulder Co.
 
May, 2014 SCA GROUP EVENT
Coastline Art Gallery
 
Feb, 2013 STEPPING OUT WITH THE BOULDER BALLET
The Dairy Center for the Arts
 
Feb, 2012 Laguna Art Museum Benefit Auction
Laguna Art Museum
 
Oct, 2008 "PAPER-WORKS"
Cal State Fullerton Grand Central Art Center
 
Feb, 1983 STEPPING OUT
The Dairy Center for the Arts
 
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