On Saturday April 6th, from 5:30 to 8:00pm, Royale Projects launches Blood Sister, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles based artist Karen Lofgren. The front gallery of the El Paseo location will be overwhelmed by vibrant webs of collaged and branded leather, cast metal sculpture and works of art that refract and reflect light. Visually arresting and deeply layered with meaning, this exhibition will delight the senses and challenge the mind.
KAREN LOFGREN: Blood Sister takes its name from a blood oath a woman swears to another in one of the most ancient rites of loyalty. By performing a small sacrifice on their own bodies, unrelated people forge a lifelong allegiance. The artist explores rituals and ideas that bind our culture involved in a journey from survival to success and the sacrifices that are made along the way.
Skins of pigs, cows, snakes, deer, and lambs are stitched together to represent pyramid chart structures used in the marketing of both international business and religion. By conjoining bodies, commodities, and theories, Lofgren creates objects that are reminiscent of primitive shelters or garments while alluding to home-spun versions of designer handbags and luxury goods. Bronze and aluminum castings of animals continue to explore the ancient and the modern, referencing archaic ritual as readily as contemporary sculptural practice. These works displayed alongside ethereal pieces that homage the Southern California Light & Space movement, offer cryptic reflections on systems of power,transformation, sacrifice, and mortality.
Canadian born Karen Lofgren completed her MFA at CalArts. She has exhibited at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The High Desert Test Sites, The Pitzer Art Galleries in Claremont CA, and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Her work has been written about and reviewed in The Los Angeles Times and ArtForum. She has an exhibition opening in July at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena CA. This is her first solo exhibition at royale projects : contemporary art.