Shulamit Nazarian presents new paintings by Los Angeles-based Annie Lapin.
Lapin’s paintings reside in a world of multiplicities; digital histories and analog mark making come together to form trompe l’oeil spaces that abide neither to the rules of the virtual nor to the physical. Seemingly representational and highly rendered imagery such as forests or figures merge jarringly with the abstract. Pulling from an array of art historical and cultural references, Lapin uses a chimeric vocabulary to investigate how the image of a painting comes to be; a process that occurs simultaneously in the back of the mind through memory, and in the front of the mind through the experience of seeing. The result is a destabilizing and nonhierarchical viewing space – the disorientation of the viewer and the sensation of a shifting ground give testament to the artist’s interest in perception and cognition through painting material.
In her recent painting Event, made during the COVID-19 quarantine, Lapin merges references to the body as a form of rupture in her pictorial planes. This painting makes use of flash photography as a light source to eerily illuminate a curb, foliage, and sky—as if walking in a neighborhood that looks familiar, but somehow isn’t. Floating on the surface of the painting is an ominous single red rose and two outstretched hands, alluding to the desire for access to the outside world.
“In the context of the lockdown, I’ve been thinking about how to make paintings for a viewer stuck in a room for months on end. Landscape painting has always been a delightfully absurd idea to me - sisyphean in the way it utilizes a flat surface to simulate the expansiveness and flux that we can only experience outside. And now it feels imperative that my new paintings provide either an actual substitute or a useful devotional image of the experience of the outside.” –Annie Lapin
Annie Lapin (b. 1978, Washington, D.C.) received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007, her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004, and her BA from Yale University in 2001. Recent solo exhibitions include Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, Miles McEnery Gallery, New York; Honor Fraser, Los Angeles; Josh Lilley, London; Annarumma Gallery, Naples; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara.
Lapin’s paintings are featured in our current exhibition Hold on Tight, alongside works by Mark McKnight, Naudline Pierre, Fay Ray, Michael Stamm, Cammie Staros, Summer Wheat and Wendy White. The paintings featured on Armory Access will be on view, by appointment, at the gallery from July 22–August 8th.
Lapin’s work is included in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara, CA; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; and Zabludowicz Collection, London.