Annie Lapin: Contours of the Vast

12 November – 17 December, 2022
  • Shulamit Nazarian is pleased to present Contours of the Vast, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Annie Lapin. This will be the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery, on view from November 12 through December 17. This presentation will span both exhibition spaces at the gallery. 

  • Annie Lapin is known for her paintings that visually combine art-historical tropes of landscape, figuration, and abstraction. By merging these...
    Annie Lapin
    Light Folding, 2022
    Acrylic and oil stick on linen
    57 x 44 in
    144.8 x 111.8 cm

    Annie Lapin is known for her paintings that visually combine art-historical tropes of landscape, figuration, and abstraction. By merging these prominent genres, Lapin is able to distort representations of history, compress geological space and time within a single picture plane, and explore how both our bodies and minds shape how we perceive the world around us. Contours of the Vast unites these ideas through a series of paintings on canvas that range from the intimate to the monumental, alongside a new series of framed paintings on Yupo paper. 

    • Annie Lapin Debate In and of the Distance, 2022 Oil, acrylic and oil stick on linen 57 x 44 in 144.8 x 111.8 cm
      Annie Lapin
      Debate In and of the Distance, 2022
      Oil, acrylic and oil stick on linen
      57 x 44 in
      144.8 x 111.8 cm
    • Annie Lapin Where We Go, 2022 Acrylic and oil and oil stick on linen 39 x 30 in 99.1 x 76.2 cm
      Annie Lapin
      Where We Go, 2022
      Acrylic and oil and oil stick on linen
      39 x 30 in
      99.1 x 76.2 cm
    • Annie Lapin Throughs and Being, 2022 Acrylic and oil and oil stick on linen 57 x 44 in 144.8 x 111.8 cm
      Annie Lapin
      Throughs and Being, 2022
      Acrylic and oil and oil stick on linen
      57 x 44 in
      144.8 x 111.8 cm
  • Initiating each painting with generous pours of paint and liquid graphite, Lapin’s abstract marks become the armature around which pictorial space is built. Punched with trompe l’oeil forms, photographic blur, and references to the sublime imagery of Western landscape painting and photography, the polyvalent scenes conjure a sense of mystery and fervor.

    An abstract form will quickly become part of a body or the extension of land. Polychromatic skyscapes—sourced both from the artist’s photo archive and visual media online—are rendered with hyperrealistic detail, while figures are consumed into epic environments that emerge from color fields. These various references coalesce into a fractured yet coherent depiction of our world. Lapin has created an experience akin to our own perception: one that is littered with conflicting information that must logically connect. 

     
  • Annie Lapin, Tight Tied Tide, 2022
    • Annie Lapin Watershed, 2022 Acrylic and oil and oil stick on linen 39 x 31 in 99.1 x 78.7 cm
      Annie Lapin
      Watershed, 2022
      Acrylic and oil and oil stick on linen
      39 x 31 in
      99.1 x 78.7 cm
    • Annie Lapin Huntings, 2022 Acrylic and oil on canvas 39 x 31 in 99.1 x 78.7 cm
      Annie Lapin
      Huntings, 2022

      Acrylic and oil on canvas

      39 x 31 in

      99.1 x 78.7 cm

  • The title Contours of the Vast takes on multiple meanings within the exhibition. As the works invoke the early painting...
    Annie Lapin
    Veil and Seers, 2022
    Acrylic and oil and oil stick on linen
    82 x 96 in
    208.3 x 243.8 cm

    The title Contours of the Vast takes on multiple meanings within the exhibition. As the works invoke the early painting and photography of the American West, particularly of California, the title refers to the use of expansive landscapes as a tool to give shape to a mysterious and seemingly infinite world, full of promise and allure. It also addresses the immensity of information, past and present, that influences our current cultural experience. Overlaying centuries-old mythic imagery with a matrix of digital materials stored online, each painting confronts the viewer with colliding visual narratives that illustrate a throughline from the reimagining of ancient traditions to the glut of online data documenting our every moment. 

  • Lapin shares, “My practice imagines a painting not as a representation of a place or thing, but rather an image...
    Annie Lapin
    a hard/soft edge emerger, 2022
    Acrylic and oil and oil stick on linen
    72 x 59 in
    182.9 x 149.9 cm

    Lapin shares, “My practice imagines a painting not as a representation of a place or thing, but rather an image of our longing to understand our world, which builds on and defines itself over time, like the contours of our historical narratives and myths. When seen this way, landscape painting becomes a hall of mirrors, reflections of reflections of our past, stories about the world, and stories about ourselves intermingled with geological events.”

  • Led by intuition, Lapin’s paintings unfold like history itself. Her abstract marks are decisively not gestural; the paints move across...
    Annie Lapin
    Flashlit CTP (compressed through-portrait), 2022
    Acrylic and oil and oil stick on linen
    82 x 78 in
    208.3 x 198.1 cm

    Led by intuition, Lapin’s paintings unfold like history itself. Her abstract marks are decisively not gestural; the paints move across the surface according to their varying viscosities. Defying both the Expressionists and Modernists, her works are neither emotional nor idealistic. The pours align instead with the indifferent motions of geological time—lava forming archipelagos, melting glaciers engulfing land, quakes shaping mountains, wind and waves unveiling monoliths, and so on. In this process, geological and cultural time become compressed, referencing the various changes to our climate and natural world in millennia past, while also acknowledging our societies impact on the climate today and into the future.

    • Annie Lapin Vail Veil, 2022 Acrylic and oil on linen 23 x 18 in 58.4 x 45.7 cm
      Annie Lapin
      Vail Veil, 2022
      Acrylic and oil on linen
      23 x 18 in
      58.4 x 45.7 cm
    • Annie Lapin Dyad, 2022 Acrylic and oil and oil stick on linen 23 x 18 in 58.4 x 45.7 cm
      Annie Lapin
      Dyad, 2022
      Acrylic and oil and oil stick on linen
      23 x 18 in
      58.4 x 45.7 cm
  • By composing various cultural and ecological references around an initial framework of abstract, intuitive pours of pigment, Lapin reveals our...
    Annie Lapin
    Forest , 2022
    Acrylic on Yupo
    42 x 28 in (framed)
    106.7 x 71.1 cm

    By composing various cultural and ecological references around an initial framework of abstract, intuitive pours of pigment, Lapin reveals our mental inclination to create order from chaos. Our senses search for meaning and our minds seek to provide logic through stories. Though the figures are often subsumed by the surrounding environment, Lapin’s paintings amount to a faithful portrait, not of any one individual but rather of our cultural psyche in its perpetual state of development. Vignettes from history collapse against flashes of the everyday, just as our memories and experiences continually come together to define culture. Although the body dematerializes in these imaginaries, Lapin poses this porousness as a relieving liberation. “There is a comfort in overcoming the vulnerability of our boundaries,” she shares. Contours of the Vast restages the cognitive processes we use to write history and define humanity, inviting us to reflect on the stories we tell every day.

    • Annie Lapin VO, 2022 Acrylic on Yupo 42 x 28 in (framed) 106.7 x 71.1 cm
      Annie Lapin
      VO, 2022
      Acrylic on Yupo
      42 x 28 in (framed)
      106.7 x 71.1 cm
    • Annie Lapin Vertical Current, 2022 Acrylic on Yupo 42 x 28 in (framed) 106.7 x 71.1 cm
      Annie Lapin
      Vertical Current, 2022
      Acrylic on Yupo
      42 x 28 in (framed)
      106.7 x 71.1 cm
    • Annie Lapin On accidental whiskey source, 2022 Acrylic on Yupo 42 x 28 in (framed) 106.7 x 71.1 cm
      Annie Lapin
      On accidental whiskey source, 2022
      Acrylic on Yupo
      42 x 28 in (framed)
      106.7 x 71.1 cm
    • Annie Lapin Temporal Postures, 2022 Acrylic on Yupo 42 x 28 in (framed) 106.7 x 71.1 cm
      Annie Lapin
      Temporal Postures, 2022
      Acrylic on Yupo
      42 x 28 in (framed)
      106.7 x 71.1 cm
  • Annie Lapin received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007, her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate...

    Annie Lapin received her Master of Fine Arts 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 Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 2001. Select solo exhibitions include Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA; Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY; Josh Lilley, London, England; Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA; Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA. Group exhibitions include the USC Fisher Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT; Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria; Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy; Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY; LA Louver, Los Angeles, CA; and the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY.

     

    Lapin is the recipient of the Falk Visiting Artist Award at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC and she has been awarded residencies at Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, CO; Grand Arts, Kansas, MO; Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughn, Ireland; and Chautauqua Institute, New York, NY. Her work has been featured in Art in America, Modern Painters, Los Angeles Times, Harper’s Magazine, Art and Antiquities, Artnews, Hyperallergic, Artsy, and New American Paintings.

     

    Annie Lapin’s work is included in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara, CA; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; and Zabludowicz Collection, London, England.