In my work, I am trying to capture the intangible, lyrical quality of space.  I am interested in how space is inhabited and what occurs when place is infused with history and memory. My work combines random patterns found in nature with the human inclination for order and symmetry.  By merging these disparate components, my challenge is to distill experiential space to its very essence, and discover the unspoken place.

The potential for materiality to express form and space has led me to an ongoing relationship with silk organza. Silk resonates on many levels as a material I can experiment with spatially while utilizing symbolically as a facade-like structure.  It is deceptively strong, yet ethereal in nature. Silk holds a shape and bares the burden of pigment, yet it allows shadow and light to play a role in the work.  Whether making sculptural room-sized environments or paintings for the wall, my concern is how to employ the qualities of space in the painting process.  I merge invented shapes with those I discover in the world, in order to form new relationships on my “canvas”. Layers of color are worked and reworked until the parts of the painting begin to coalesce. Each room-sized work informs the wall works and vice versa, allowing elements of one to bleed into the other.  Always, my intention is to expand the language of painting and how each work is experienced.

Drawing is a daily exercise that allows for the isolation of form and the opportunity to intimately know a particular space.  Increasingly, my work has become a response to an ever-changing landscape continually impacted by human manipulation. Monuments to Time began by drawing the massive granite ledges that separate soil from sea along the northern coast of Maine.  As I began to really know these forms and how they were shaped by time and weather, I started to create my own.  Monuments to Time includes detailed drawings that are purely invented, in addition to those drawn from observation. This series memorializes the effects of time and the ever-changing environment upon the raw material that is used for the foundations of our own institutional monuments. (for example: JFK Memorial and Abingdon Square Doughboy, West Village)

Biography:

Lisa Kellner has created and installed room sized installations and two dimensional works throughout the United States since 2006.  Her work has been exhibited at 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, Lisa has worked with galleries including Ascent Contemporary (NY), Project 4 (DC), BravinLee Projects (NY) and JoAnne Artman (NY and LA).  Currently her work can be found at ODETTA Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.  Lisa’s work has been reviewed in ​The New York Times, ​The Boston Globe and ​Sculpture Magazine among others.  Recently, Lisa 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, Lisa was awarded the New Media Invitational from the Target Gallery.  She was also a Joan Mitchell semi-finalist.


Solo Exhibitions:

2016   Always into Now; a Painting in Space, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2014   Silent Space; Ward Center for Contemporary Art, Petersburg,VA
           Chamber One; Ascent Contemporary, New York, NY
2013   Bringing on the Aither; Hunt Gallery; Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA
2011   Love is a Place; Bravin Lee Programs, New York,NY
           Skin Deep, Miles Wide; Cecelia Coker Bell Gallery, Coker College, SC
2009   Suspended Presence, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, MI
           Surfacing Beneath, Brooklyn Arts Council Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2008   Inner Urban Sanctum, Providence Art Windows, Providence, RI
2006   Plain Matters, Quirk Gallery, Richmond, VA 


Selected Group Exhibitions:

2017   Materiality, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME
2016   The Space Between, JoAnne Artman Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA  
           Scribing the Void; ODETTA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015   Access Art; Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn, NY
2014   Holiday Fair; Ascent Contemporary, New York, NY
2013    ADAPTATION; Project 4 Gallery; Washington, DC
2012   2012 Biennial; Curators Suzette McAvoy and Daphne Anderson Deeds, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME
           Space Invaders, Curator, Karin Bravin, Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY
           The Mysterious Content of Softness; Curator, Stefano Catalani; Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL
           _____Scape; Curator, Susan Main; The Metropolitan Center of Visual Arts (VisArts), Rockville, MD
2011    In Season, Project 4 Gallery, Washington, DC
           The Mysterious Content of Softness, Curated by Stefano Catalani, Bellevue Arts Museum, Seattle, WA
2010    Art on Paper 2010 Biennial Exhibition, Curated by Xandra Eden; Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC
           7th Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit, Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC
           Multiplied Within, Curated by Sky Kim, Able Fine Art, New York, NY
           Unraveling Tradition, 516 Arts, Albuquerque, NM
           Let There Be White, Birey Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
           Emergence, Curated by Brooke Hine, Bahdeebahdu, Philadelphia, PA
           Drawn To It: The Art of Drawing, Amherst Street Gallery, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH
2009    Phantasma, Tarryn Teresa Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
           The Mansion Project, Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ  
           A Proposition Ate My Marriage, LMCC Swing Space Residency, New York, NY
           The Body Politic, Brooklyn Arts Collective, The Jungle, Brooklyn, NY
           Clamoring to Become Visible, Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn NY
           Fluid Identity, Howard County Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, MD
           Postcards from the Edge, Visual Aids at Metro Pictures, New York, NY 
2008   Square Foot Show: Election ‘08, Art Gotham, New York, NY
           Material Meditation, New Art Center, Newton, MA  (catalogue)
           Boston Young Contemporaries, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA
           MFA Thesis Exhibition, AIB Gallery, Boston, MA  (catalogue)
           Here and Now, Transformer Gallery, Washington, DC
           Exintrinsic, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA
           Contemporary Fiber, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
           Beneath The Skin, Mock Magazine Covers, Perfect 8 Magazine, Chashama, New York, NY
           I Dream of Genomes, Islip Art Museum, Islip, New York
2007   9 x 10, WWP Gallery, Washington, DC
           Art on the Gwynns Falls Trail 2007, Leakin Park, Baltimore, MD
           Strictly Painting, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
           Radius 250, Artspace, Richmond, VA
           Saturated, Heinemann Myers Gallery, Bethesda, MD
           WPACorcoran Centerpiece Project, Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC
2006   Open Call/Size Matters, RHYS Gallery, Boston, MA
           Conversions, WPA/Corcoran at The Ellipse Arts Center, Arlington, VA
           for a(n) relation(s), ADA Gallery, Richmond, VA
           Spring Fieldwork, Gallery 5, Richmond, VA
           Paper Trail, Gallery 6, Rockaway Beach, NY
           The Unlikely Target, Redux Contemporary Art Center, Charleston,SC
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