Three Things You Should Know About Annie Lapin
Annie Lapin’s work contains a dynamic mix of traditional painterly techniques and brightly hued, abstract passages. In The Patterning Deep, Lapin structures the painting’s composition as a classical landscape, with the edges framed by tree-like shapes and a deep, receding space in the center.
Annie Lapin’s work contains a dynamic mix of traditional painterly techniques and brightly-hued, abstract passages. In The Patterning Deep, Lapin structures the painting’s composition as a classical landscape, with the edges framed by tree-like shapes and a deep, receding space in the center. Her color palette feels otherworldly, though, and the shapes and objects fade in and out of focus, while space expands and contracts. This set-up and subversion of visual conventions generates a dynamic, complicated work that rewards slower looking. Lapin’s exhibitions include the Pasadena Museum of California Art; Torrance Art Museum; and Grand Arts, Kansas City. Public collections that include her work are Zabludowicz Collection, London; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park.
Annie Lapin’s paintings trick the eye with their abstract imitations of realism and representational images. Lapin is interested in functions of perception and memory work, as well as certain recognizable, established genres of historic painting. From a glance, her works look as though they have definite, narrative subjects—like landscapes or group portraiture—but upon looking, reveal themselves to be flurries of abstract marks describing no specific object. She is known for a rich-hued palette and thick impasto. Since 2011, Lapin’s style has become more formal, with attention to abstracted marks and their placement. Lapin also has created several sculptural canvases, in which the cloth is mounted on its frame in a distorted, crumpled way.