August 2012


SITE Santa Fe's Foundation Council will be visiting the studio of Lawrence Fodor in late August. SITE Santa Fe is dynamic platform for the production and presentation of artistic and curatorial innovation. Through excellence in exhibitions and programs, including SITE's signature international exhibitions, they seek to actively engage a diverse audience and serve as a nexus for contemporary art discourse. The Foundation Council includes prominent collectors, curators and critical members of SITE Santa Fe.

http://www.sitesantafe.org/


The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art will be visiting the studio of Lawrence Fodor in early August. The group from the museum will include it's Collector's Council as well as museum staff and curators.

http://www.sjica.org/

Holding Light, a book documenting the work for an installation of paintings at the Laguna Art Museum, with an insightful and intelligent essay by Cyndi Conn, Publisher: Andrews Art Books, Santa Fe, NM, 2012

Blurb: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/3200420

Blurb's staff took note of the book, their Photographer at Large, Daniel Milnor came to the studio to shoot and Blurb featured an article on the Holding Light book on their website blog, Blurberati: http://blog.blurb.com/index.php/2012/05/16/lawrence-fodor-holding-light/


Photo: Lawrence Fodor in his Santa Fe studio, copyright 2012 by Daniel Milnor

Visit Daniel’s websites and blog at: http://shifter.media/

April 2012


Photographer Joshua Bergeron visited the studio of Lawrence Fodor for 7 days to shoot a photo documentary of the artist and his life for Santa Fe Photo Workshops.

A number of the photographs can be seen on his blog: 

http://joshbergeron.wordpress.com/2012/04/02/the-modern-artist/

http://joshbergeron.photoshelter.com/gallery-slideshow/G0000.9N7Y2Z2pOw/?start=


Photo: Lawrence Fodor in his studio, copyright 2012 by Joshua Bergeron.

May 2012


Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, California


Lawrence Fodor, a native Southern Californian, was invited to create an installation in the main gallery of the Laguna Art Museum for their primary fundraiser of the year. LAM's Contemporary Collector's Council toured the artist's studio in 2010 and for years he has been on the radar of the museum, its curators, their Board of Trustees and the committee who created the event.    


From LAM website: 

http://lagunaartmuseum.org/palette-to-palate-2012-success/


"Laguna Art Museum’s 2012 Palette to Palate fundraiser grossed approximately $150,000 on May 18, 2012 for the museum’s education and exhibition programs. The event, which is limited to 100 attendees, sold out within 48 hours of tickets being released. Tickets were $500 per person.

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"Now in its seventh year, Palette to Palate at Laguna Art Museum has become one of Orange County’s most anticipated art and dining experiences. The museum transformed into a beautiful and unique venue, featuring the culinary talents of Chef Craig Strong of Studio at Montage Laguna Beach, and the highly acclaimed wines of Ramey Wine Cellars. The wine and cuisine were complemented by the work of ten artists, presented at each of the dining tables and throughout the museum’s largest gallery space. The 2012 participating artists included Suhas Bhujbal and Siddharth Parasnis (who shared a table), Lawrence Fodor, Laurie Frick, Hacer, Gregory Hull, Jason Kowalski, Ali Smith, James Verbicky, Feodor Voronov, and Jean Wells. Each artist joined guests for dinner at the table they created, with all of their work available for purchase."

Holding Light 4 is a site-specific installation of 315 individual 7 x 7 inch watercolors on archival recycled paper mounted on maple plywood panels. It is a chromatic scale shifting horizontally, vertically and diagonally. The four corner pieces are the key colors for this scale and the remaining 311 watercolors are a specific proportional formula of these four colors - with the center watercolor being an equal 25% mix of each of the four corner colors.


http://nmartmuseum.org/site/explore/current/alcove-12.0/alcove-12.6/lawrence-fodor.html

June 2013


Lawrence Fodor will have work included in a three person exhibition at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico titled: Friends and Family.

The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday 7 June 2013 and run through the month of June. The exhibition also includes the work of Florence Pierce and Mala Breuer.


For inquires or more information please contact: Charlotte Jackson at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art or 505.989.8688




April 2013


Lawrence Fodor will have work included in an exhibition at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico titled: Again: Repetition, Obsession and Meditation in the Lannan Collection. Artists in the exhibition include: Uta Barth, Olafur Eliasson, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Pard Morrison, Susan York and others...

The exhibition runs 20 April through 16 June, 2013


For more information: http://www.lannan.org/art/again-repetition-obsession-and-meditation-in-the-lannan-collection/

JULY - AUGUST 2014

WITHOUT GRAVITY

CHIAROSCURO @ GEBERT CONTEMPORARY   11 July ~ 9 August 2014


Without Gravity, an exhibition at Gebert Contemporary in conjunction with Chiaroscuro Gallery consists of nearly a dozen canvases and works on paper, mostly large scale, each its own stage, where Fodor's marks come together giving life to movement and abstract figuration - while altering a traditional figure/ground relationship and orientation. His imagery emerges and recedes, made up of thousands of small, crisp, free-flowing brush strokes - each of these works is the result of "leaving" preconceptions and past experience to arrive at paintings that "disclose, unveil, and become revelatory."


For inquires please contact: Chiaroscuro 505.992.0711 or Gebert Contemporary 505.992.1100, Santa Fe, New Mexico

APRIL 2014


In the spring of 2014 photographers Mark Kitaoka and Tracy Martin visited Santa Fe and spent four days in the studio of Lawrence Fodor to produce a photo essay and a profile video while he was immersed in working on the paintings from the “Without Gravity” series. The resulting photographs and video* can be seen on their respective websites and a number of photographs included in this website.


Mark Kitaoka Photography: http://www.markkitaoka.com/galleries/portraits/environmental

Tracy Martin Photography: http://www.tracymartinphotography.com/video/portrait-painter


* You can watch the video from the link or the top photo above.

January 2015

Apparatus: in a painter’s studio
Look around a painter's studio - it will be a reflection of the painter - a mirror of the way the artist sees, hears, thinks and relates to the world and his surrounds. This collection of photographs of studio vignettes and trenchant impressions in the studio of Lawrence Fodor is accompanied by an insightful essay on the artist's work and process by Aline Brandauer and quotes by the artist.
Sumptuously printed on Proline Uncoated rag paper, the photographs by the artist look and feel like they are all iris prints. 

Publisher: Andrews Art Books, Santa Fe, NM, 2015

Blurb: http://www.blurb.com/b/5914505-apparatushttp://www.blurb.com/b/5914505-apparatushttp://www.blurb.com/b/5914505-apparatusshapeimage_4_link_0
October 2014
Lawrence Fodor was recently profiled on Shifter.Media Dispatches:
“Shifter lives at the intersection of sound, form and voice, acting as both a visual experience as well as an archive of the creative life. Audio interviews, portraiture, long-form essay and the almighty power of the print merge to form a site that seeks to find and display what drives those who shift our perspective on life as we know it. Daniel Milnor once worked as both a fragrance model and a hot tub installer but is better known as a reformed-journalist, photographer and writer who is now, once again, performing these duties in his role as “Photographer at Large,” for Blurb Inc., the world’s premiere indie publishing platform. He splits his time between Los Angeles and Santa Fe and owes most of his success to several “Shifter-types” who were kind enough to help him along.”
Photograph and words Courtesy Daniel Milnor and www.shifter.media © 2014http://www.shifter.mediahttp://shifter.media/dispatches-larry-fodor/shapeimage_5_link_0

October 2014


Lawrence Fodor was a recipient of the City of Santa Fe Mayor’s 2014 Award for Excellence in the Arts:

From the City of Santa Fe website:

An accomplished painter, Lawrence Fodor has been producing and exhibiting work locally, regionally and nationally for more than three decades. His work has been featured in numerous group shows, solo exhibits and publications. In addition to his own artistic output, Fodor is a noteworthy gallerist, curator and community supporter. As Director of Peyton Wright Gallery, Fodor nurtured talented emerging artists and promoted their work nationally and internationally. At Peyton Wright Gallery, Fodor also established a solid reputation for his installations, curation and professional integrity. Fodor continues to share his curatorial talents with the community, bringing his critical eye and discerning aesthetics to successful exhibits that both promote local artists and engage the community in exciting new ways. Generous with both his time and talent, Fodor supports local nonprofits by providing artwork for auctions, volunteering his time and ideas, and helping to create connections through his personal and professional networks. A list of some of the organizations he has supported over the years include Santa Fe Art Institute, SITE Santa Fe, IMPACT New Mexico, Santa Fe Performing Arts School and Company, Center for Contemporary Arts, Fine Arts for Children and Teens, and Santa Fe Community College. Fodor has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and printmaking from the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, CA. He has studied and researched around the world including in Argentina, Patagonia, Costa Rica, Nepal, France, Germany and Italy.

http://www.santafenm.gov/m/2014_mayors_awards_recipients


http://www.santafenm.gov/news/detail/2014_mayors_awards_for_excellence_in_the_arts

September 2015


Lawrence Fodor acquires a live/work loft near the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles:

After 25 years of living and working in New Mexico Lawrence Fodor has taken a studio on Long Beach Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, California. He will split his time living and working in both LA and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The large open floor plan loft is located in a 1909 building near the Arts District of DTLA and was converted to artist live/work spaces in the late 1980’s. It’s location has prime access to the museums of DTLA, the new galleries moving into the area and the many facets of LA’s burgeoning Downtown and Arts District. The space is conducive to producing large works with it’s 60 foot long brick wall, 18 foot ceilings and it’s east wall carrying the original floor to ceiling steel framed glass windows and door with access to the fire escape and roof. His will also continue to paint and produce work in the large light filled studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico studio which he built in 2011. The differences in environment, light, energy and communities are vast - truly two different realities. There is an energetic nonstop buzz in LA that is a stark contrast to the quiet calm beauty of the high desert in Santa Fe. As 2016 unfolds so will the changes and evolution in Lawrence Fodor’s work.  

The artist’s Downtown Los Angeles Loft

photo above: view of the artist’s loft in downtown Los Angeles

5 MARCH - 8 APRIL 2017

amended mythologies


SCAPE


An exhibition of new paintings at Southern California Art Projects + Exhibitions


Lawrence Fodor began this body of work in the fall of 2014 - in anticipation of the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 in which the path of totality will run through the northern and central portions of the United States. It is also important to note that these paintings were conceived and produced in conjunction with a part time move back to Los Angeles, California in August 2015 where the artist has established a permanent artist-in-residency in a 1901 warehouse loft. 


At first glance, Lawrence Fodor’s large-scale mixed media and oil paintings are intense, lyrical, and wholly abstract works of art. Hidden behind the surface of these abstractions, however, is a vast archive of historic masterpieces, meticulously executed homages to icons including Peter Paul Rubens, Jean Etienne Ramey, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo Da Vinci, Théodore Géricault, JMW Turner, the Laocöon, and ancient Greek sculpture. Old world masters haunt and vibrate through Fodor’s richly layered, delicate, palimpsest-like surfaces.


For days, weeks, and often months Fodor re-creates these masterpieces on canvas in meticulous detail. Analyzing the composition, structure, color, and meaning of these historical works of art he then abandons the brushes, working solely with his hands, slowly shrouds the painting, obliterating all but oblique vestiges of the original works of art. He leaves traces of centuries-old stories, quiet allusions of what came before. With a deep reverence for these icons and a fascination with re-interpretation, Fodor draws the past into the wholly contemporary present. 


“I rely on memory as the image is frenetically transformed – running the risk of forgetting it’s structure purposefully, in order to discover and explore veracities in the act of painting,” said Fodor in a recent interview. “When I stop painting there may be hints of the original muse, an echo possibly, although my process conceals most of the visual reference of the painting’s sub-structure.”


Stopping short of what might be considered a formal resolution, there is an unfinished and somewhat fragmented aspect to these paintings that retain the evidence of history, reinvention, and methodology. Not quite forgotten, there remains vast space for interpretation. 

April 2017

ARTILLERY Magazine: Review of the exhibition Amended Mythologies at SCAPE by Liz Goldner
http://artillerymag.com/scape-lawrence-fodor/


LAWRENCE FODOR,  Eclipse: obscured memories

August, 2017


FRIESEN GALLERY, Ketchum, Idaho


Friesen Gallery is honored to announce an exhibition of new and recent paintings by Los Angeles and Santa Fe-based artist Lawrence Fodor.


Lawrence Fodor began this body of work in the spring of 2015 - in anticipation of the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. The path of totality runs through the northern and central portions of the United States from the west to east coast, including 50 miles north of Ketchum, Idaho. It may appear to be an oblique correlation, but significant celestial events have always played a role in the work of artists – directly or indirectly. They have notated, recorded and marveled at these phenomena in an infinite variety of ways since before humans were making marks on cave walls. It is also important to note that these paintings were conceived and produced in conjunction with the artist’s move back to Los Angeles, California in August 2015, where he has established a permanent part-time artist-in-residency in a 1901 warehouse loft. The artist’s simultaneous conversations with place, art history and astronomical phenomena inform this work.


At first glance, Lawrence Fodor’s large-scale mixed media oil paintings are intense, lyrical, and wholly abstract works of art.  Hidden behind the surface of these abstractions, however, is a vast archive of historic masterpieces, meticulously executed homages to icons including Peter Paul Rubens, Jean Etienne Ramey, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo Da Vinci, Théodore Géricault, JMW Turner, the Laocöon, and ancient Greco-Roman sculpture. Old world masters haunt and vibrate through Fodor’s richly layered, delicate, palimpsest-like surfaces.


For days, weeks, and often months, Fodor re-creates specific master works of art on canvas or paper, at times in meticulous detail. He draws from paintings and sculpture with important art historical relevance, housed in museums across the globe - many of which he has had the privilege to observe in person. Analyzing the composition, structure, color, and meaning of these historical pieces he then abandons the brushes, working solely with his hands, slowly shrouding the painting, obliterating all but oblique vestiges of the original works of art. The historic works are eclipsed – but not merely for a moment. He leaves traces of centuries-old stories, quiet allusions of what came before.


With a deep reverence for these icons and a fascination with re-interpretation, Fodor draws the past into the thoroughly contemporary present. The images, themes and conceptual content of these historic works are obscured, revised and re-contextualized for the 21st century in a highly personal visual language of intuitive mark making.  The paintings directness, raw energy and de/re-construction resonate and reiterate the artist’s newly urban environment while their historic sources reflect the world at large.


In late 2016 Fodor began painting two versions of the historic paintings, side by side. As he continued to expand and refine both paintings, he challenged himself to continue on one of the pair as a 21st century version of the historic work – and eclipse only its partnered painting. Fodor’s concept of creating exacting copies of the original work translated with the signature painting style of his hand, obscuring one of them and then exhibiting the two paintings side by side as a diptych, was revelatory for the artist. The two paintings, created side by side, stood now in conversation with each other – one utterly abstract and the other, at first glance, as if was taken from some museum’s 18th century storage. Both paintings are rooted in historic master works and the extensive history of painting, created simultaneously with the same 21st century sensibility – one with the utmost respect for its source, the other re-contextualized beyond recognition. The pairs give clues as to what came before, what is present and what, in this artist’s conviction, must change.


“In the single paintings, I rely on memory as the image is frenetically transformed – running the risk of forgetting it’s structure purposefully, in order to discover and explore veracities in the act of painting,” said Fodor in a recent interview. “When I stop painting there may be hints of the original muse, an echo possibly, although my process conceals most of the visual reference of the painting’s sub-structure. In the diptychs, there is an entirely different conversation presented for myself and the viewer. That dialogue stems from the irony of such massively important works of art narrating entirely outdated mythologies. Art historically relevant – absolutely – but simultaneously nothing more than propaganda.”


Stopping short of what might be considered a formal resolution in the “eclipsed” paintings, there is an unfinished and somewhat fragmented aspect to these paintings that retain the evidence of history, reinvention, and methodology. Possibly the unresolved aspect of these paintings correlates to the artist posing this question to the viewer, “How do we redefine these obsolete paradigms within which the world struggles?”


Not quite forgotten, there is vast space for interpretation. 

LAWRENCE FODOR   Eclipse: obscured memories - the book


Lawrence Fodor's recent paintings address the irony of art historically relevant works of art, having as their conceptual premise, irrelevant mythologies for the 21st century. Fodor appropriates and painstakingly translates these significant works with oil paint on paper and canvas, often times in pairs and in large scale. As a second phase he irreverently obliterates or eclipses the "underpainting" and its narrative, using paint and hand, in order to story forth—providing the ground and space for the viewer to invent and exchange new mythologies relevant for today and the future. This book is a catalogue of the Eclipse body of work with informative essays by the artist, Cyndi Conn, and Andria Friesen.


Publisher: Andrews Art Books, Santa Fe, NM, 2017


A Limited Edition of 200 copies was published, each hardback book includes an archival pigment print of a photograph the artist took on August 21 in Northern Idaho on the Big Wood River. Image below. The book is available only through the artist’s studio.

Please contact the studio at: 505.699.3146 or info@lawrencefodor.com




















There is also an Open Edition available through:


Blurb Books: http://www.blurb.com/b/8911688-eclipse-obscured-memories