Losing myself in a particular place has been a lifelong venture. In my work, I strive to recreate that feeling one gets when utterly immersed in an untouched, natural space. Now, more than ever, it seems imperative to do so. I work in a way that allows me to get lost in the intricate spaces of my drawings, paintings and sculptural investigations. From the tiniest grain of dirt or pore of skin to the pale blue of the most distant mountain range or city scape, there is much to be learned about where one is rooted and why these places make us feel the way we do. My work addresses memory and how place is perceived through the lens of experience. Merging opposing elements of near and far, the smallest of minutia to the grandest topography, I make works that are in essence, Portraits of a Place.
When I was eight years old, I set off on my bike with the intent of exploring the large property nearby. To avoid the reclusive neighbor, I would sneak over the fence, hiding behind trees as I made my way through the woods to the field of rolling hills beyond. Once there, I set out my drawing utensils and my lunch, laid down with fingers grasping grass and eyes to the sky. I would draw for hours here, daydreams whispering by on soft white clouds.
Those fields have long been transformed into neat rows of tidy houses. And I continue to explore these increasingly rare places. What I pose in my work is not necessarily a literal translation, but a depiction of the memories, feelings and perceptions attached to these spaces. I am driven by the beauty of the mundane, the potential in the utilitarian and the possibility that anything is a landscape to be explored and revelled in.
2013 Bringing on the Aither; Hunt Gallery; Mary Baldwin College;
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:
Project 4 Gallery; Washington,
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,
The Mysterious Content of Softness; Curator, Stefano Catalani;
Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL
_____Scape; Curator, Susan Main; The Metropolitan Center for Visual Arts
(VisArts), Rockville, MD
Season, Project 4 Gallery, Washington,
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,
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 Open House,
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,
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
2005 Open Studios Summer Residency, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Flux Redux, Art6 Gallery, Richmond, VA
The National Arts Program, Richmond Science Museum, Richmond, VA
American Drawing Biennial 8, Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA
New Work, Pots and Prints, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond, VA
Artworks All Media Show, Artworks, Richmond, VA
Mixed Media Show, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY
2004 Artworks All Media Show, Artworks, Richmond, VA
2003 Mixed Media Show, Hewlett Library Gallery, Hewlett, NY
2000 Limbs, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
A Dungeon of Frescos, Accademia Cerite, Ciri, Italy
Torsos, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2008 Master of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting
Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Boston, MA
2004-1999 Concentration in Drawing and Painting
School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
1999-1996 Concentration in Drawing and Painting
Art Students League, New York, NY
1987 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Boston University, Boston, MA
Selected Bibliography:2012 Fiber Art; The Mysterious Content of Softness at Cornell Fine Arts Museum,
Orlando Arts Magazine, pp32-33, Nov / Dec 2012.
Diane McEnaney, The Mysterious Content of Softness, OnView Magazine, p52,
August / September 2012.
Claudia Rousseau, Exhibits play with toys and ‘____scapes’, Gazette.Net,
July 10, 2012.
2011 Joey Veltkamp, The Mysterious Content of Softness / BAM, Best of,
A Northwest-centric Art Blog, March 21, 2011.
Deborah Stone, BAM Highlights Unique Quality of Fiber in New Exhibit,
The Woodinville Weekly.
Barbara Steadman, Skin Deep, Miles Wide’ Art Exhibition to Open at Coker
College, Coker College.
Rachel Hodin, Bravin Lee to Showcase Latest Avant-Garde Works, New York
NearSay, August 31, 2011.
2009 Molly Kimelman, Weighty topics, The Grand Rapids Press, December 17.
Catherine Bui, Interviews: Lisa Kellner, Title Magazine, Issue No. 4.
Mike Giuliano, Five local artists conspire to reveal ‘Identity’,
Howard County Times, Feb. 12.
Esther Kim, Q & A with Artist Lisa Kellner, Maryland Art Place On-line
Kriston Capps, Reviews: Washington, DC ‘Here and Now’, Transformer Gallery,
Sculpture Magazine, January/February.
2008 Chris Bergeron, Living in a ‘Material’ whirl – Six artists ‘Meditate’ on everyday
stuff, The Metrowest Daily News, October 5.
Denise Taylor, Exploring The Material World, Boston Globe West, Sept. 18.
Bob Thayer, Not Just Another Dive, The Providence Journal, Sept. 16.
Hope Stockman, Current Galleries; Material Meditation, ArtScope, Sept/Oct ed.
Maura Judkis, “Closed Call: Transformer wanted to comment on urban change.
It came sooner than expected, Washington City Paper, May 20.
Benjamin Genocchio, Looking into the World of Genomes and Seeing an
Unreliable Future, The New York Times, March 2.
Jennifer Landis, Opinion: I Dream of Genomes, The East Hampton Star,
2007 Kevin Mellema, 9x10: WPA/Corcoran Member Shows at the WWP Gallery,
Falls Church News-Press, August 2.
Kriston Capps, Strictly Painting 6: Color Field Revisted, Washington City
Paper, June 28.
Kate Paul, Washington Project for the Arts draws a Summer Crowd, WRC.
2006 J.T. Kirkland, Conversions Opening Tonight, Ellipse Arts Center blogspot,
J.T. Kirkland, Thinking about Art; Lisa Kellner @ Conversions, Thinking About
Art Blog, July 25.
Robin Tierney, The Art of Becoming is Very Becoming, DC Examiner, July 22.
2011 Lisa Kellner; Look. See. Be. A book of photographs documenting the details
of my site responsive sculptural installations. All proceeds go to Kiva.org.
2009 Anonda Bell, Forward and Artist Essay; Decadence and Decay:
The Mansion Project.
2008 Judith Barry, Director, Forward; MFA in Visual Arts Graduate
Exhibition Catalogue, Art Institute of Boston.
Michael Newman, Thesis Advisor, Artist essay; MFA in Visual Arts Graduate
Exhibition Catalogue, Art Institute of Boston.
Ceci Mendez, Forward; Material Meditation, New Art Center, MA.
2007 Lisa Kellner; Journal entries for Adrian Piper, Everything #10 , Public Art
Performance, Creative Time website, New York, NY. I was a participant.
My journal has been archived on the Creative Time web site.
2006 Lisa Kellner; "Two Thousand and Counting", Daily Constitutional
Magazine, Issue #2.
Awards, Residencies, Talks
2013 Annual self-imposed residency in the Maine Woods.
2012 Artist Talk, VisArts, MD
Visiting Artist, Slippery Rock University, PA
Annual self-imposed residency in the Maine Woods.
2010 BRIC Media Art Fellowship, BRIC Arts, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Swing Space Residency, Lower Manhattan Cultural council, New York, NY
Finalist, RGASA Exhibition, NY Studio Gallery, New York, NY
Semi-Finalist, Trawick Prize, Bethesda, MD
2007 Semi-Finalist, Trawick Prize, Bethesda, MD
2005 First Place, All Media Show, Artworks, Richmond, VA
2004 Honorable Mention, All Media Show, Artworks, Richmond, VA
Studio Residency Program, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
2003 Residency Program, Jon Imber Studios, Stonington, ME
2000 Residency Program, Accademia Caerite, Rome, Italy
Ongoing Lisa Kellner; In (and out of) the Studio; A virtual studio journal.
2014 Telling Stories, Book of writings and photographs.
2011 Look. See. Be., Book of photographs documenting the details of my
sculptural installations. (available on Amazon)
2010 At Summer’s Full, Commissioned work; Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY.
2009 A Proposition Ate My Marriage, LMCC Swing Space Residency, NY, NY.
Embroidered Edifice, A private, public art project.
2008 G.O.A.T. , Founding Member (Group of Artists Talking),
- A collaborative group of artists, New York, NY.
Perfect 8 Magazine, Mock Magazine Ads. NY, NY.