ANNIE LAPIN

525 West 22nd Street

11 October - 10 November 2018

California, 2018, Oil, vinyl paint, acrylic, wool collage, enamel spray paint and charcoal on linen, 82 x 72 inches, 208.3 x 182.9 cm, MMG#30033

iheroic, 2017, Flashe paint, charcoal, acrylic and urethane on linen, 30 x 26 inches, 76.2 x 66 cm, MMG#29772

We Beam Passed, 2018, Flashe paint, charcoal, acrylic and urethane on linen, 30 x 26 inches, 76.2 x 66 cm, MMG#29709

The Clamor to Get Inside and Outside, 2018, Oil, vinyl paint, acrylic, charcoal and mica on linen, 72 x 96 inches, 182.9 x 243.8 cm, MMG#30024

Whereview II, 2018, Flashe paint, mica, charcoal, acrylic and urethane on linen, 30 x 26 inches, 76.2 x 66 cm, MMG#29708

Art of Heads and Hands, 2018, Oil, oil stick, vinyl paint, acrylic and charcoal on linen, 72 x 96 inches, 182.9 x 243.8 cm, MMG#30026

Stop Calling, 2018, Oil, acrylic, charcoal and vinyl paint on linen, 30 x 26 x 3 inches, 76.2 x 66 x 7.6 cm, MMG#30030

Martinique the Gentlefool, 2018, Oil, vinyl paint, acrylic, nylon flocking and charcoal on linen, 72 x 96 inches, 182.9 x 243.8 cm, MMG#30025

Choral Remarks, 2018, Charcoal, acrylic and vinyl paint on linen, 30 x 26 x 3 inches, 76.2 x 66 x 7.6 cm, MMG#30027

Defenestration, 2018, Charcoal, acrylic, flocking and vinyl paint on linen, 30 x 26 x 3 inches, 76.2 x 66 x 7.6 cm, MMG#30028

Three Versions Play, 2018, Oil and vinyl paint, charcoal, flocking and acrylic on linen, 52 x 42 inches, 132.1 x 106.7 cm, MMG#30034

Turf Tiff, 2018, Oil, vinyl paint, charcoal, flocking and acrylic on linen, 52 x 42 inches, 132.1 x 106.7 cm, MMG#30035

To Sit and Think, 2018, Oil, acrylic, charcoal, flocking and vinyl paint on linen, 30 x 26 x 3 inches, 76.2 x 66 x 7.6 cm, MMG#30029

The Herd, The Heard, The Hoard, 2018, Oil, vinyl paint, acrylic, enamel spray paint and charcoal on linen, 82 x 100 inches, 208.3 x 254 cm, Diptych, MMG#30032

The Light Became Thick , 2018, Vinyl paint, charcoal, flocking and acrylic on linen, 30 x 26 x 3 inches, 76.2 x 66 x 7.6 cm, MMG#30031

Eachother, 2018, Oil and vinyl paint on linen, 37 x 31 x 4 inches, 94 x 78.7 x 10.2 cm, MMG#30036

Press Release

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MILES MCENERY GALLERY is pleased to present an exhibition of recent paintings by Annie Lapin, on view 11 October through 10 November at 525 West 22nd Street. A public reception will be held for the artist on Thursday 11 October from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, featuring an essay by Julia Friedman. 

Annie Lapin’s newest body of work, titled “The Art of Heads and Hands,” builds upon her recent show, “Watchers and Winks, “held at Honor Fraser Gallery in Los Angeles. In this new series, however, Lapin delves further into questions about accident, history and intention in its relationship to meaning. Between spontaneity, chance and deliberation, her surreal pictures emerge with an unnerving clarity that belies the tumult of their creation. 

Lapin begins each piece by pouring a mixture of charcoal and water over roller marks of yellow paint –a completely unpredictable process. These marks become shadows on the linen that Lapin interprets over a series of months. Following a process of free association, she devises painterly tricks to obfuscate the accidents that occur at each stage, giving those marks apparent purpose and significance. Trompe l’oeil, Adobe Photoshop effects, images from her iPhone, and quotations from her own work and others are applied in stages, each resulting in more accidents which must be reckoned with. Her concise techniques a single layer of application despite the illusion of overlay– contradict the circuitous paths toward the end result of each painting. After several rounds of intuitive choice making, a narrative begins to emerge not only through the appearance of figures but also through the forces of space, historical note, and color. 

According to Lapin, “Each painting is an endpoint of a path through time, choices and interpretations. Totally random but masquerading as destiny.” In this body of work, Lapin sees her attempts to sew accidents seamlessly into the pictorial spaces as a metaphor for the patterns our minds devise to organize the morass of daily chaotic inputs. In the same way that our contemporary myths arise from chance events and subjective socio-historical interpretations of those events, these works arrive at a cohesion and become imbued with meaning despite their history of accumulated accident. For Lapin, historical endpoints themselves have always seemed accidental. This is mirrored in her work; art historical allusions appear next to the spontaneous swirls of pours and roller marks, equal players in the story she reveals through each painting. 

ANNIE LAPIN (b. 1978 in Washington, D.C.) received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Yale University in 2001, a Post- Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004, and her Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007. 

Recent solo exhibitions include “Watchers and Winks,” Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA; “How To Bury Your Stuff,” Josh Lilley, London, England; ”Various Peep Shows,” Honor Fraser, Los Angeles, CA; “See?,” Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy; “Annie Lapin: Falk Visiting Artist,” Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; “Amnesiacs,” Josh Lilley Gallery, London, England; “Find Finding ing,” Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico; and “History=ing,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara, CA. 

Recent group exhibitions include “The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley,” Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA; “Her Crowd: New Art by Women from Our Neighbors’ Private Collections,” Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT; “Tribal Tats,” Arturo Bandini, Los Angeles, C A; “Angels With Dirty Faces, ” Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria; “Lost in a Sea of Red, ” The Pit , Los Angeles, C A; “Sincerely Yours, ” Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, C A; “ The Go-Between, ” Museo di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy; “Dee Ferris, Barnaby Furnas, Annie Lapin, ” Sargent’s Daughters, New York, N Y; “B. A . T. (Bon à Tirer/Good to Go), ” Offramp Gallery, Pasadena, CA; “Annie Lapin, John Lehr, Alon Levin, Philip Vanderhyden,” Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; “Fanatic,” Post, Los Angeles, CA; “Raw Material,” Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico; “Stone Gravy,” Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NY, curated by David Pagel; and “Chasm of the Supernova,” Center for the Arts Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA, curated by Adam Miller. 

Her work is included in the permanent collections of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL; Santa Barbara Museum, Santa Barbara, CA; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; and Zabludowicz Collection, London, England. 

Annie Lapin lives and works in Los Angeles, CA