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Lapinski 82017

Lisa Lapinski
Visual & Dramatic Arts
Assistant Professor, Sculpture

BA, University of California, San Diego
MFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Work

lisa.lapinski@rice.edu
713.348.3450
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Lisa Lapinski

Lisa Lapinski is an artist who creates dense, formally complex sculptures which utilize both the language of traditional craft and advanced semiotics. Her uncanny objects interrogate the production of desire and the exchange of meaning in an image-based society. Discussing a group show in 2007, New York Times Art Writer Holland Cotter noted, "An installation by Lisa Lapinski carries a hefty theory- studies title: 'Christmas Tea-Meeting, Presented by Dialogue and Humanism, Formerly Dialectics and Humanism.' But the piece itself just looks breezily enigmatic." It is often remarked that viewers of Lapinski's sculptures are enticed into an elaborate set of ritualistic decodings. In a review of her work published in ArtForum, Michael Ned Holte noted, "At such moments, it becomes clear that Lapinski's entire systemic logic is less circular than accumulative: What at first seems hermetically sealed is often surprisingly generous upon sustained investigation."

Lapinski's work has been exhibited widely in the US and Europe, and she was included in the 2006 Whitney Biennial. She is represented by Kristina Kite Gallery, Los Angeles.