Lori Kent’s "Landscape" October 1 - October 31, 2016
Wook Choi Gallery is pleased to present “Landscape” an exhibition of paintings by artist Lori Kent.
Lori Kent is a New York City-based visual artist and writer. She works primarily in beeswax, wood and other organic materials to create pastoral images, often reduced to elements such as grass, trees, sky, and dirt. Her paintings document cultivated, idealized or nonexistent nature. Each image is a proposition about paradise lost or reconfigured in her native South.
Dr. Kent is a graduate of Columbia University with an Ed.D degree and works as an artist, designer, and arts professor. Post- Katrina, she is a participant in the Vestiges Project in New Orleans and organizer of “Fear of Water” community arts project. She is a recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2006) a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2012) and artist residencies at The Anderson Center and The Harvey Foundation, Venice. In 2009-10, she was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship at the Jan Matekjo Academy of Art, Krakow, along with Fulbright Travel Awards to lecture on her work in Stockholm and Helsinki.
Any given field…? A sense of place might completely escape us or perhaps transform into idyllic scenes of over-processed memory. Green fields become increasingly abstract through the act of remembering yet somehow grow in truth. Here, can the pasture be called a witness or a lie? The landscapes encourage groupings of place, rearrangements that become both travelogue and mnemonic. They are mostly southern places, a reconstruction performed after many years of separation. The memory shared may be a sense of quietness, beauty, the sublime or the grey and necessary act of forgetting.