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The Pure Space Animate: Annie Lapin at Honor Fraser by openstudiospress

Annie Lapin. TOP: The Leaf/Body/Between Element Embodied (From the series: Distilled and Abstracted Elements of Idealized Landscape), 2011 | Oil on canvas over panel, 45 x 45 inches. BOTTOM: The Animate Diptych I, 2011 | Linen on panel, 2 elements: 33 x 31 inches and 31 x 23 1/2 inches. Images courtesy Honor Fraser, Los Angeles.


We make no qualms about how excited we get about Annie Lapin‘s work. Last year, she was the winner of both our first Reader’s Choice Poll and the inaugural NAP Annual Prize, selected by you, our very own readers, and a panel of prestigious curators. (As a result, you might have seen our video feature on the Los Angeles artist, shot by the man behind Future Shipwreck, our buddy Graham Kolbeins.)

Lapin’s current and much anticipated solo show for Honor Fraser in L.A. finds her at a pivotal point in her practice, where her interest in obfuscating figuration through a remarkable language of painterly abstraction has extended to chunky, fabric-heavy linen pieces and circular oil on panel works. While materially and spatially set apart from previous work, Lapin’s new series wholeheartedly reveal the explorative nature of her studio practice, weaving both mystery and meaning into the brushstrokes and fluid fields of paint that have become her trademark.

 Pic after pic of new work, and installation shots, after the jump! Not to be missed.
Evan J. Garza, Editor-at-Large

Annie Lapin, The Landly Animate, 2011 | Oil on canvas, 42 x 52 inches. Courtesy Honor Fraser, Los Angeles.

Annie Lapin, The Unseen Woven Nature, 2011, Oil on linen, 42 x 52 inches. Courtesy Honor Fraser, Los Angeles.

Annie Lapin, The Pure Billow Animate, 2011 | Linen on panel, 25 1/8 x 29 1/2 inches. Courtesy of Honor Fraser, Los Angeles.

Installation shots. Courtesy Honor Fraser gallery. Photos: Joshua White.


Annie Lapin: The Pure Space Animate will be on view at Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, through July 9. 

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