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Karen Lofgren’s site-responsive installation in the Armory’s s tairwell gallery invokes ideas about stability\, chance\, faith\, ritual\, risk\, and choice. Her minimal\, fetish-finished forms create an illusion o f support within an existing architectural framework.

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Artist Karen Lofgren Launches Architectural and Metaphysica l Inquiry in a Staircase at Armory Center for the Arts

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Armory C enter for the Arts is pleased to present Karen Lofgren: Stabilizers\, a temporary\, site-responsive installation by Los Angeles-based artist Karen Lofgren. The installation\, cited in the Armory’s central stairway\, opens on Wednesday\, July 10\, 2013. A reception\, free and open to the pub lic\, will take place on Saturday\, July 13\, from 7-9pm. Karen Lofgren: St abilizers has been organized for the Armory by Sinéad Finnerty-Pyne\, Galle ry Manager / Assistant Curator.

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Karen Lofgren’s sculptural work\, St abilizers\, calls attention to an unspoken sensation of uncertainty th at resides within\, and uses our vulnerability in architecture as a metapho r to address larger\, existential uncertainties. Entering the Armory’s stai rway\, the viewer is met by subtle\, ambiguous\, exquisitely finished shape s that resemble freshly poured liquid metal. Bracket-like in their referenc e and sensuous and minimal in their appearance\, the objects nestle into th e corners and edges of the walls\, guiding our attention to spaces that are rarely regarded and generally overlooked. They awaken our spatial awarenes s and invite our consideration of architectural infrastructure\, what we pr esume is there to protect us.

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In Lofgren’s playful yet cerebral approach to artmaking\, she uses soft organic forms as stand-ins for stalwart angul arity\, serving up a quiet yet pointed criticism of the authority of archit ectural infrastructure. The purposeful ambiguity that exists within Lofgren ’s work allows the viewer to call into question the difference between beli ef and illusion\, and expose what we presume is fixed. Her work references recent ideological points of view including feminism and self-actualization \, as well as early traditions such as medieval alchemy and ancient mytholo gy. In Lofgren’s work\, historical and philosophical content is transformed to create objects and environments that reflect and then dissolve the fami liar.

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About the Artist
Karen Lofgren is a Toronto- born and LA-based artist who completed her MFA at California Institute of t he Arts in Valencia. Recent solo projects in California include Believer at Machine Projects and Signs Point to Yes at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibi tions\, both in Los Angeles\; Gold Flood at Pitzer Art Galleries in Claremo nt\; and Blood Sister at Royale Projects in Palm Springs. Lofgren’s work ha s been featured in Critic’s Picks of artforum.com\, LA Weekly\, and Los Ang eles Times\, as well as books\, catalogues\, and album covers\, and she has received awards from Canada Council and Durfee Foundation.

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