Artist Feature: Laurie Lipton

Editor Julia Alora, Art, July 10th, 2019

"Self obsession and isolation run rampant while the outside world crumbles to a trash filled ruin."

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Through her massive wall spanning masterpieces, it’s easy to see why Laurie Lipton is the self proclaimed “21st Century’s Greatest Draftswoman”. Meticulously detailed, viciously outspoken, her charcoal and graphite works encapsulate the dystopian apocalypse looming over our technology obsessed society. Grinning skeletons stare at their phones while riding endless escalators in “Happy”, and a complex conveyor belt commodifies love and likes in “Newsfeed”. Self obsession and isolation run rampant while the outside world crumbles to a trash filled ruin. Artists capture the nature of the world around them, and Lipton does not hold back from revealing the ugly horrors so often sugar coated or ignored. These works demand you look closely at what our world is becoming.

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Laurie Lipton was born in New York in 1953 and began drawing at the age of four. Lipton was the first person to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing (with honors). She has lived in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, London and has recently moved back to the USA after 36 years abroad. She currently resides in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA. There is an award winning documentary film about her lifelong obsession with drawing called “LOVE BITE” (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lovebite), and an exhibition of her work will open at MODERNISM, San Francisco (724 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109), on July 10th through August 31.

To see more work & to find out more, go to: www.laurielipton.com and/or follow her on Instagram @laurieliptondrawings

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Julia Alora

Julia Alora is a transplanted Portland sculptoress inspired by biology and the natural world. Her works can be found lurking in the woods, guarding her studio, and in co-op art houses around the city.