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Born 1985, Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in San Luis Obispo, CA

Through intimate and carefully constructed figurative paintings artist Laura Krifka dissects the mechanisms of power, identity, and observation in visual culture. With non-descript references to the history of painting, Krifka incorporates the contemporary frameworks of film and photography into her understanding of portraiture and psychology. Collapsing several views of the same pose, subject, space, and time Krifka creates scenes that appear deceptively simple, but are rife with distortions and physical impossibilities that make visual factuality tenuous at best. Krifka directs each complex narrative as paintings unravel and reform slowly over months and even years. Protagonists peer out of their canvases with assertive gazes directed away from still life signifiers and the windows painted into their private rooms. Krifka’s figures are in various states of undress, preparation, or play, expressing an ease with intimacy and an acknowledgement that looking is a central component of desire. The pleasure of observation is echoed in Krifka’s own words: “…our pleasures and perversions have been molded by the fictions that permeate our ubiquitous visual culture. That our most secret desires are partially formed by our codified, collective experiences is a source of endless fascination for me.”

Laura Krifka received her MFA from UC Santa Barbara in 2010 and her BFA from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo in 2008, following earlier studies at Newbold College in England and Avondale College in Australia. Krifka’s work has been exhibited at the Torrance Museum of Art, L.A. Louver, CB1 Gallery, and Beacon Arts in Inglewood, as well as at Zroboli in Chicago, BravinLee Programs in New York, and Vast Space Projects in Las Vegas. Krifka’s work has been featured in various publications including Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Santa Barbara News-Press, New American Paintings,

Emerging
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2020
Group Exhibition: IRLUnit London
2019
LAURA KRIFKA: The Game of PatienceLuis De Jesus Los Angeles
2015
Laura Krifka: Reap the WhirlwindCB1 Gallery
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Grab Bag, 2016

Oil on canvas
40 × 30 in
101.6 × 76.2 cm
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Medium
Signature
Hand-signed by artist, sticker label
Frame
Not included

Born 1985, Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in San Luis Obispo, CA

Through intimate and carefully constructed figurative paintings artist Laura Krifka dissects the mechanisms of power, identity, and observation in visual culture. With non-descript references to the history of painting, Krifka incorporates the contemporary frameworks of film and photography into her understanding of portraiture and psychology. Collapsing several views of the same pose, subject, space, and time Krifka creates scenes that appear deceptively simple, but are rife with distortions and physical impossibilities that make visual factuality tenuous at best. Krifka directs each complex narrative as paintings unravel and reform slowly over months and even years. Protagonists peer out of their canvases with assertive gazes directed away from still life signifiers and the windows painted into their private rooms. Krifka’s figures are in various states of undress, preparation, or play, expressing an ease with intimacy and an acknowledgement that looking is a central component of desire. The pleasure of observation is echoed in Krifka’s own words: “…our pleasures and perversions have been molded by the fictions that permeate our ubiquitous visual culture. That our most secret desires are partially formed by our codified, collective experiences is a source of endless fascination for me.”

Laura Krifka received her MFA from UC Santa Barbara in 2010 and her BFA from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo in 2008, following earlier studies at Newbold College in England and Avondale College in Australia. Krifka’s work has been exhibited at the Torrance Museum of Art, L.A. Louver, CB1 Gallery, and Beacon Arts in Inglewood, as well as at Zroboli in Chicago, BravinLee Programs in New York, and Vast Space Projects in Las Vegas. Krifka’s work has been featured in various publications including Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Santa Barbara News-Press, New American Paintings,

Emerging
Represented by up-and-coming galleries.
Selected exhibitions (3)
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