Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Laura Owens is among a select group of artists credited with the rebirth of painting in the 1990’s. Since her first exhibitions in the mid 90’s, Owens has developed a style all her own, moving from landscape to abstraction with energetic thick brushstrokes, fanciful childlike doodles, or sophisticated fine line drawings.
At once seductive and disconcerting, her work makes painting a cognitive adventure for the viewer, fusing the traditions of art history with those of applied art, themes of abstraction with representation, and artistic-conceptual stringency with lightness and visual fascination. Her recent work continues to expand the domain of her medium and has included large scale paintings, an ongoing clock series, as well handmade artists books.
Laura Owens was born in Euclid, Ohio, 1970. Receiving her B.F.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design, RI, in 1992, Owens went on to study at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 1994, and the California Institute of Arts in Valencia, California, where she earned an M.F.A. in 1994. Previously, her work has been the subject of major solo exhibitions at international venues such as the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn (2011: cat.), Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (2007: cat.); Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich (2006 and tour: cat.); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2003 and tour: cat.). Her work is included in many of the world’s leading public collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; the Guggenheim Museum, NY; the Whitney Museum, NY; the Museum of Contemporary Art, LA; the Los Angeles County Museum, LA; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; among many others. Owens lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
This lecture will be held in the Art Annex, Main Room (Room 107).