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Lawrence Fodor

Lawrence Fodor - RAIN FOREST

Artist Statement

I paint. In doing so, I venture towards an intellectual, intuitive and emotional balance in a journey of self-discovery and communication with the world around me. There is a certain seduction in becoming absorbed with the technical aspects of painting - preparing a canvas, mixing and shifting color, choosing brushes - which leads to a meditative state when I begin to paint. Both the conceptual premise as a point of departure and what is taking place on the canvas, wood or paper before me come into focus. Simultaneously, my awareness of external events becomes peripheral and secondary. 

As a painting progresses, I consciously survey and re-visit details that relate to the premise that instigates the painting. This journey eventually opens doors, allowing passage into the rooms of my past; here I revisit the data resulting from research on a pertinent subject, the indelible visual marks of my history or the deep recesses of memory. Within this exploration I am conscious of adjusting paint color and viscosity or determining how a set of marks or gestures affects their placement and surroundings in terms of hue, value, direction, implication, etc… the infinite variety of choices in painting. I am always aware of what I am doing in the moment, but in this approach there is a definitive shift to an intuitive orchestration of paint. 

Experience and emotional trust allow intuition to become the primary influence in transcribing the information I process through my expanding vocabulary of paint and mark making. This occurs as a culmination of releasing intellectual analysis and by wandering through my collected memories – some of which directly relate to the painting and some that have no obvious relationship. The two are symbiotic; as I allow myself to enter the rooms of recall, the more intuitive I become in terms of painting, and the more I allow intuition to dominate the creative process, a greater confidence unlocks more of those doors, accessing memories to which I would not otherwise be conscious. The truth and beauty for me is the discovering, within the realm of hidden memories, those unbroken correlations leading to ubiquitous revelation and invention in painting.

In regards to this methodology of painting, I believe that through the highly personal, and only through it, can one enter a realm of the universal, collective unconscious and objective psyche. Through painting I am able to access and unlock or decipher the most profound personal experiences initiated by the catalyst of intellectual pursuit and translated by my vocabulary with paint, which ultimately provides my most fitting and useful means of communication.

Biography

LAWRENCE FODOR

Born 1951

Education

1974-76

Graduate Work toward MFA, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

1973

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing/Printmaking Major, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA

1971

Associate of Arts Degree, Fine Arts Major, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA

Travel

2010

Independent study and research in Argentina and Patagonia

1985 - ongoing:

Independent study and research in England, France, Germany, Italy, SpainMexico, & Costa Rica

1974-1975

Independent study in Katmandu, Nepal.

1974

Independent study and research in England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, and Switzerland.

Selected Exhibitions

2014

FILTERED: what does love look like?, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

2012

Infinite Sequence2, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

Holding Light - an installation of paintings , Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

Infinite Sequence , Two-person exhibition with Chris Richter, SCAPE, Corona del Mar, CA

2011

The Silver Summit , 25th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

2010

Considered , Group Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID

Speak for the Trees , Group Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID & Seattle, WA, Book published by Marquand Books

2009

Ligatures & Kõan Boxe s, Solo Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID

Kõan Boxes , Solo Exhibition, Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM

Ligatures & Kõan Boxe s, Solo Exhibition, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2008

Ligatures , Solo Exhibition, SCAPE, Corona del Mar, CA

Gold , Group Exhibition, Linda Durham Contemporary Art

Stochastic II , Solo Exhibition, R Duane Reed Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2007

Stochastic , Solo Exhibition, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2006

Summer Moon , Solo Exhibition,, SCAPE, Corona del Mar, CA

2005

Moment of Inertia , Solo Exhibition, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

2004

Beneath the Surface , Solo Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

Beneath the Surface , Two person exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Sustained Resonance , Two person exhibition, SCAPE, Corona del Mar, CA

Greek Contributions to Mankind – An Exhibition of Contemporary American Art ,

Group exhibition, United States Embassy, Athens, Greece - Catalogue,

Curator: Virginia Shore

2003

A Given Moment - Part 2 , Two person exhibition, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2002

A Given Moment , Solo Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

The Art Collection , Embassy of the United States of America, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

2001

Group Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Stream from the Clearing , Two person, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

2000

Group exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Group exhibition, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1999

Vestiges II , Solo Exhibition, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1998

Vestiges, Solo Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Into the Clearing , Two person exhibition, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

The Romantic Landscape , Group exhibition, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1997

The Dialogue Within , Solo Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

Setting Prayers on Fire , Solo Exhibition, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1996

Solo Exhibition, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Two Person Exhibition: w/ Lucy Brown, Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA, Curator: Jeannie Denholm

1995

Setting Prayers on Fire , Solo Exhibition, Zenith, Denver, CO, Curator: Kyle Belding

1994

Two Person Exhibition with Peter Joseph, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Solo Exhibition, Jan Maiden Contemporary Art, Columbus, OH

1993

Two Person Exhibition with Holly Roberts, Jeannie Denholm Fine Art, Newport Beach, CA

1992

Perigrinari , Solo Exhibition, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1991

Ex Arcanum Locus , Solo Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA

Group Exhibition, A Sense of Place, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM, Catalogue.

1990

In Lucem Proferre, Solo Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

Monotypes from Black Mesa Workshop , Group Exhibition, Lone Pine Gallery, Irvine, CA

Ritual Images/Ritual Objects , Two Person Exhibition with Ann Mallory, Lone Pine Gallery, Irvine, CA

1989

Solo Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

1988

Alchemy and Transformation , Solo Exhibition, Friesen Gallery, Sun Valley, ID

1983

Solo Exhibition, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

1981

Solo Exhibition, Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

Publications

Holding Light , a catalogue documenting the work for an installation of paintings at the Laguna Art Museum, essay by Cyndi Conn, Publisher: Andrews Art Books, Santa Fe, NM, 2012

Blurb: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3200420

Blurb featured an article on the Holding Light book:

http://blog.blurb.com/index.php/2012/05/16/lawrence-fodor-holding-light/

Speak for the Trees , Composed by Andria Friesen, publisher Marquand Books, Inc, Seattle, WA, 2009, (illus. In Lucem Proferre VIII, 1989-90, oil on canvas)

http://www.speakforthetreesbook.com/

http://imaginepeace.com/archives/9039

Sarah S. King, Lawrence Fodor – Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Art in America, National Reviews, October 2009 (illus: Ligature 12 Green/Blue-Green/Violet, oil/wax/alkyd on canvas)

http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/lawrence-fodor/

Kõan Boxes , catalogue to accompany Lannan Foundation Exhibition, essay Timothy Rodgers Ph. D., Chief Curator, New Mexico Museum of Art, Publisher Lannan Foundation, Design Twin Palms Press, 2009

http://www.lannan.org/art/exhibition-program/k333an-boxes-paintings-by-lawrence-fodor/

Hollis Walker, Larry Fodor – Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Art News, Reviews: National, November 2007 (illus: Stochastic – Gamma, 2007, oil/wax on canvas)

Hollis Walker, Triumph of Intuition, Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe/North, August 31, 2007 (illus: Koan Yellow/Green, 2006-07, oil/wax on canvas)

Marcia Mayo, Editor, Greek Contributions to Mankind – An Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, Catalogue to accompany exhibition, 2002, United States Art in Embassies Program exhibition, (illus: Pegasus One, oil/wax on canvas, 1999-2000)

Teri Thompson Randall, An Unscripted Dialog, Santa Fe New Mexican, September 7, 2001 (illus: Dragonfly, oil/wax on canvas)

Kathleen McCloud, Larry Fodor’s Continuing Process Dialogue, Santa Fe New Mexican, September 5, 1997 (illus: Setting Prayers on Fire #10, oil/wax on canvas)

Suzanne Deats, Varied Artistic Approaches Reflect Gender Differences, Albuquerque Journal, September 15, 1994

PUBLIC and PRIVATE COLLECTIONS:

Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM

Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS

Embassy of the United States, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Awards

Santa Fe Art Institute Residency - 2009, Santa Fe, NM

News and Press

August 2012:
The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art will be visiting the studio of Lawrence Fodor in early August. The group from the museum will include it's Collector's Council as well as museum staff and curators.

SITE Santa Fe's Foundation Council will be visiting the studio of Lawrence Fodor in late August. SITE Santa Fe is dynamic platform for the production and presentation of artistic and curatorial innovation. Through excellence in exhibitions and programs, including SITE's signature international exhibitions, they seek to actively engage a diverse audience and serve as a nexus for contemporary art discourse. The Foundation Council includes prominent collectors, curators and critical members of SITE Santa Fe.

May 2012
Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California

Lawrence Fodor, a native Southern Californian, was invited to create an installation in the main gallery of the Laguna Art Museum for their primary fundraiser of the year. LAM's Contemporary Collector's Council toured the artist's studio in 2010 and for years he has been on the radar of the museum, its curators, their Board of Trustees and the committee who created the event.    

From LAM website:
http://lagunaartmuseum.org/palette-to-palate-2012-a-success

"Laguna Art Museum’s 2012 Palette to Palate fundraiser grossed approximately $150,000 on May 18, 2012 for the museum’s education and exhibition programs. The event, which is limited to 100 attendees, sold out within 48 hours of tickets being released. Tickets were $500 per person.
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"Now in its seventh year, Palette to Palate at Laguna Art Museum has become one of Orange County’s most anticipated art and dining experiences. The museum transformed into a beautiful and unique venue, featuring the culinary talents of Chef Craig Strong of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, and the highly acclaimed wines of Ramey Wine Cellars. The wine and cuisine were complemented by the work of ten artists, presented at each of the dining tables and throughout the museum’s largest gallery space. The 2012 participating artists included Suhas Bhujbal and Siddharth Parasnis (who shared a table), Lawrence Fodor, Laurie Frick, Hacer, Gregory Hull, Jason Kowalski, Ali Smith, James Verbicky, Feodor Voronov, and Jean Wells. Each artist joined guests for dinner at the table they created, with all of their work available for purchase."


May 2012:
Holding Light, a book documenting the work for an installation of paintings at the Laguna Art Museum, essay by Cyndi Conn, Publisher: Andrews Art Books, Santa Fe, NM, 2012
Blurb:http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3200420


Blurb's staff took note of the book and featured an article on the Holding Light book on their website blog, Blurberati:
http://blog.blurb.com/index.php/2012/05/16/lawrence-fodor-holding-light/
Photo copyright 2012 by Daniel Milnor - (*needs to be credited if used)

 

April 2012
Photographer Joshua Bergeron visited the studio of Lawrence Fodor for 7 days to shoot a photo documentary of the artist and his life for Santa Fe Photo Workshops.
A number of the photographs can be seen on his blog:
http://joshbergeron.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/the-modern-artist/
http://joshbergeron.photoshelter.com/gallery-slideshow/G0000.9N7Y2Z2pOw/?start=

Photo: Lawrence Fodor in his studio, copyright 2102 by Joshua Bergeron. Can be used with a credit.


October 2009:
Art In America - National review:
Sarah S. King, Lawrence Fodor – Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Art in America, National Reviews, October 2009 (illus: Ligature 12 Green/Blue-Green/Violet, oil/wax/alkyd on canvas)

http://www.artinamericamagazine.com/reviews/lawrence-fodor/

January - March, 2009
Lannan Foundation exhibition of Lawrence Fodor's Koan Boxes and included a catalogue of the Foundation's collection of his work:
http://www.lannan.org/art/exhibition-program/k333an-boxes-paintings-by-lawrence-fodor/