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Karen Lederer
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Crown Heights



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work comes out of yards of Marimekko fabric, Matisse still-life paintings, household objects, Picasso ceramics, print advertisements, Instagram aesthetics, and the mediated mystery of monoprinting. Educated with a printmaking background, I bring a graphic sensibility to the work. I combine the subtle gradients of monoprinting with the gestural touch of painting. Working alongside printed areas, I define the rest of the image with paint. Both flat and rendered, the work conveys a spatial disorientation that denies stability. My paintings portray attempts at intimacy such as plants reaching out for contact, Cheetos dust pollinating tablecloths, and a hand touching a fish through glass. Cryptic narratives emerge through the juxtaposition of patterns and objects. The work conjures up contradictory feelings of sexless desire and confident awkwardness. Fine art and design references inhabit the same environments as snack foods and beer. These symbols of art appear more pedestrian in their connection to the everyday while the mundane objects beside them grow more surreal. Captured at a close range reminiscent of an Instagram photo, the scenes depict a distinct moment in time. The anonymous hand and feet, a bit of disembodied portraiture, comes in and out of the work and asserts the presence and perspective of the artist.
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  • Contact
    2015
    oil and acrylic on panel
    40" x 30"

  • Staring Contest
    2015
    oil and watercolor monoprint on paper
    28.5" x 20.5"

  • Snack Plant
    2015
    oil and acrylic on panel
    24" x 20"

  • Cheeto Zen
    2015
    oil and acrylic on panel
    24" x 20"

  • Hipster Wellness
    2015
    oil and acrylic on panel
    40" x 30"

  • Hippie Table
    2015
    oil and watercolor monoprint with chine-colle on paper
    38.25" x 28"

  • Zabar's Table
    2015
    oil and watercolor monoprint with chine-colle on paper
    27.5" x 21"

  • Snake Tank
    2015
    oil and watercolor monoprint with chine-colle on paper
    29" x 21"

  • Fish Bowl
    2015
    oil and acrylic on panel
    24" x 20"

  • Above and Below
    2015
    oil and watercolor monoprint with chine-colle on paper
    29" x 21.5"

  • Ideas
    2015
    oil and acrylic on panel
    20" x 24"

  • Picasso Oggle
    2015
    oil and acrylic on panel
    24" x 20"

  • Power Couple
    2015
    oil and acrylic on panel
    20" x 24"

  • Orange Dust
    2015
    oil and acrylic on panel
    20" x 24"

  • Art Selfie
    2015
    oil and acrylic on panel
    24" x 20"

  • Sylvettes and the Fish
    2015
    oil and watercolor monoprint on paper
    29" x 21"

  • Open Circle
    2015
    oil and acrylic on panel
    20" x 24"

  • Fish Cup
    2015
    oil and watercolor monoprint on paper
    38.5" x 28.5"

  • In Search of True Painting
    2015
    oil and acrylic on panel
    24" x 20"

  • After Party
    2015
    oil and watercolor monoprint on paper
    29" x 21"
 








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