Lisa Sigal’s recent work delineates the interiors and exteriors found in social spaces by expanding painting beyond the canvas, to include walls and architectural forms. By moving between fleeting registers of scale that capture the mutability of the city itself, Sigal explores the political latency of informal sites existing just outside ordered society.
“Riverbed” at LA><ART encodes local landscapes in a painterly language inspired by nearly erased and marginal architectures. In particular, Sigal used found sites along the Los Angeles River to record the permanent and temporary structures that dot the river’s edge. Painting in this larger natural and urban framework allows land use to guide this of works. The industrial and the makeshift define the experience of wandering the city. In an effort to slow down the act of seeing, Sigal painted outdoors in oils with a collapsible easel. The point of these encounters was to keep flipping the terms that frame available perspectives of urban space, from the easel to the camera to street views found online. To this end, the work in the exhibition adds variation and distance to the architectural combinations that fill the work by creating its own momentary sense of time elapsing.
Comprising real and imagined spaces, the artist investigates established notions about public and private property as they relate to individual containment, survival and freedom.
Lisa Sigal’s work has been exhibited at the New Museum, MoMa PS1, the Sculpture Center, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Albright Knox, the Brooklyn Museum and was featured in the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Upcoming Shows include “New York New York” at the Essl Museum, Vienna, “Pushing Painting’s Paradigm” at the Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University and a solo show at Samson Projects in Boston. She received an Art Matters Grant and Creative Capital Grant in 2012, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and the Elizabeth Foundation Grant in 1998. Sigal received a BFA from the Tyler School of Art in 1985 and an MFA from the Yale in 1989. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.