Lisa Kellner
Medium: Painting and Drawing

Studio Location:
418 3rd Avenue
Studio # 2nd floor



Artist Bio:
Since 2006, Lisa Kellner's work has been exhibited throughout the United States at venues such as the Bellevue Arts Museum (WA), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NY), the Brooklyn Arts Council (NY) and the Weatherspoon Museum (NC), among others. In addition, she has worked with galleries including Ascent Contemporary (NY), Project 4 (DC), BravinLee Projects (NY) and JoAnne Artman (LA). Kellner's work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Boston Globe and Sculpture Magazine. She has created site-responsive installations at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (FL), the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (ME), Lehman College Art Gallery (NY) and the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory (VA). In 2016, Kellner was awarded the New Media Invitational from the Target Gallery. She was also a Joan Mitchell semi-finalist. Her work was recently included in the exhibition, Materiality: The Matter of Matter at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. Currently, her work is on view at Gallery 263 in Cambridge, MA with the solo exhibition: "Surface Consumption".

Studio: 418 Third Avenue, 2nd floor, Brooklyn, NY

Group show:; 300 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY

Artist Statement:
My work explores the nature and fragility of the superficial layer. The paintings present the surface for what it is, a dubious facade wrought with hidden elements. The sculptural work removes the silk canvas from the stretcher bars and places it in the context of experiential space. Each work reveals its infrastructure, conceding how it was made. I am interested in how space is inhabited and choose materials that facilitate this. Silk enables me to experiment spatially while using it symbolically as a facade-like structure. It is deceptively strong, holds shape and pigment, yet allows for shadow and light to play a role in the work. With each piece, I investigate the reliance on surface while exploring what lies beyond, continually playing with the elements that constitute painting.

My drawings are constructions of the imagination influenced by decay and the natural world. Layers of ink are built up on the paper's surface till a structure with dimension is established. Drawing enables me to become lost in the process of making, without thought or concern. It is an essential daily practice that acts as a sieve, fleshing out what is most important.

All images and text copyright Lisa Kellner