Annie Lapin's artworks frequently mine from a wide swath of art historical references and search for an intersection where image and memory become another material that the viewer experiences as non-verbally as paint and canvas. However, in History =ing, the very medium represents memory: the pigment on the canvas comes from the bottom of the artist's own brush bucket, which she has not emptied for the last three years. The grey color indexes the action of these three years of painting, mixing together every color she used. Lapin removed all other references to history, allowing the color remnants of her more elaborate historical paintings to run together. History becomes abstracted through this process, and is represented through physical material, rather than image. The thick paint at the sides of these canvases frames the work, evoking notions of the decorative, but also another level of materiality.
Born in Washington, DC, Annie Lapin currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She received a MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a BA from Yale University, New Haven, CT. Lapin has recently shown at the Pasadena Museum of California Art; Grand Arts, Kansas City, MO; and Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. She is represented by Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA.
Special thanks to: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, NY; Susan E. Bower Exhibition Fund; Casa Magazine, Santa Barbara, CA; Eric Chirnside, Santa Barbara, CA; The Daily Sound, Santa Barbara, CA; Montecito Messenger; Santa Barbara Independent; Santa Barbara News-Press; and Wayne McCall & Associates, Santa Barbara, CA.
ADMISSION IS FREE
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum
653 Paseo Nuevo
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Exhibition on view: August 5 – September 30, 2012