Project Description

Lawrence Fodor

Lawrence Fodor: I paint. In doing so, I venture towards an intellectual, intuitive and emotional balance in a journey of self-discovery and communication with the world around me.

There is a certain seduction in becoming absorbed with the technical aspects of painting – preparing a canvas, mixing and shifting color, choosing brushes – which leads me into a meditative state of mark making. In this process, that which comes into focus is both the conceptual premise I integrate as a point of departure and that, which is taking place on the canvas, wood or paper before me. Simultaneously, my awareness of external events becomes peripheral and secondary.

As a painting progresses I consciously survey and re-visit details that initially relate to the premise that instigates the painting. This intellectual journey eventually opens doors to the subconscious, allowing passage into the past where I revisit the deep recesses of memory. These indelible marks of my history can be compared to rooms filled with the details and information resulting from research of relevant concepts or, visual specifics from past experience some of which directly relate to the initial premise of the painting and some that have no obvious relationship whatsoever. Within this exploration I am still conscious of adjusting color, paint viscosity, or determining how one color or set of marks is affecting another color in terms of hue, value, placement, gesture, direction, implication, etc… i.e. the infinite variety of choices in painting. I am always aware of what I am doing at the moment, but in this approach there is a definitive shift to an intuitive orchestration of paint. Instinct becomes the primary influence in observation and inquiry while transcribing the information I process through my expanding vocabulary of paint and mark making.

This altered emphasis is not necessarily deliberate; it occurs from both the culmination of releasing intellectual control and/or analysis and by wandering through my collected memories. The two are symbiotic; as I allow myself to open the doors into rooms of recall the more intuitive I become in terms of painting, and the more I allow intuition to dominate the creative process a greater confidence unlocks more of the doors, accessing memories to which I would not otherwise be conscious. The truth and beauty for me is in these discoveries: in the realm of revealing hidden memories there is an unbroken correlation to ubiquitous revelation and invention in painting.

My discovery within this methodology of painting is that through the highly personal, and only through it, can one enter a realm of the universal, collective unconscious and objective psyche. Through painting I am able to access and unlock or decipher the most profound personal experiences initiated by the catalyst of intellectual premise and pursuit, translated by my vocabulary with paint, which ultimately provides my most fitting and useful means of communication.

EDUCATION
2016-2017
Independent study in Baja del Sur, Mexico
2009
Independent study in Argentina
2008
Independent study in Costa Rica
1999-2001
Independent study in Mexico
1985
Independent study in England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain.
1974-76
Graduate work toward MFA, Printmaking Major, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA
1974-76
Independent study in England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, India, and Nepal
1973
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing/Printmaking Major, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA
1971
Associate of Arts Degree, Fine Arts Major, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, CA
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017
Eclipse: obscured memories, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2017
Amended Mythologies, SCAPE, Corona del Mar, CA
2014
Without Gravity, Gerbert Contemporary, Santa Fe, NM
2012
Holding Light 4: 315 paintings, a site specific installation, ALCOVE 12.6: New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
2012
Holding Light 02: 81 paintings, an installation, Laguna Art Museum, Laguna, CA
2010
Ligatures and Kõan Boxes, Friesen Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009
Kõan Boxes, Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM
2009
Ligatures and Kõan Boxes, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2009
Ligatures and Kõan Boxes, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2008
Ligatures, SCAPE, Corona del Mar, CA
2008
Stochastic 2, Duane Reed Gallery, St Louis, MO
2007
Stochastic, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2006
Summer Moon, SCAPE, Corona del Mar, CA
2005
Moment of Inertia, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2004
Beneath the Surface, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2004
Sustained Resonance, Larry Fodor/Ann Mallory, SCAPE, Corona del Mar, CA
2003
A Given Moment, Larry Fodor/Kellogg Johnson, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2001
Stream from the Clearing, Larry Fodor/Kellogg Johnson, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2001
Into the Clearing, Larry Fodor/Kellogg Johnson, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1997
The Dialogue Within, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1996
Setting Prayers on Fire, Larry Fodor/Kellogg Johnson, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1996
Lucy Brown/Larry Fodor, Diane Nelson Fine Art, Laguna Beach, CA, Curator: Jeannie Denholm
1994
Larry Fodor/Peter Joseph, Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1993
Larry Fodor/Holly Roberts, Jeannie Denholm Fine Art/The Shed, Newport Beach, CA
1992
Perigrinari. Peyton Wright Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1992
Ritual Images/Ritual Objects, Larry Fodor/Ann Mallory, Lone Pine Gallery, Irvine, CA
1989
In Lucem Proferre, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1983
Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
1981
Pamela Auchincloss Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017
Purple Haze, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2013
Gold Rush, Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ
2013
Friends and Family, a three person exhibition with Florence Pierce and Maia Breuer, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM
2012
Infinite Sequence 2, Two person exhibition with Chris Richter, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2010
Speak for the Trees, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID & Seattle, WA Considered, Friesen Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2005
Winter, Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2004
Greek Contributions to Mankind – An Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, United States Embassy, Athens, Greece Catalogue, Curator: Virginia Shore
2002
The Art Collection, Embassy of the United States of America Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
2000
The Romantic Landscape, Turner Carroll Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1990
Monotypes from Black Mesa Workshop, Lone Pine Gallery, Irvine, CA
SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Modern Museum of Art, Fort Worth, TX
Lannan Foundation, Santa Fe, NM
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
United States Embassy, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
PUBLICATIONS
2012
Holding Light, a catalogue documenting the work for an installation of paintings at the Laguna Art Museum, essay by Cyndi Conn, Publisher: Andrews Art Books, Santa Fe, NM, 2012
2009
Speak for the Trees, Composed by Andria Friesen, publisher Marquand Books, Inc, Seattle, WA, 2009 (illus. in Lucern Proferre VIII, 1989-90, oil on canvas)
2009
Sarah King. Lawrence Fodor at Linda Durham, Art in America
2009
Susanna Carlisle. Kõan Boxes: Paintings,THE Magazine
2009
Zane Fischer. Simple Complication, The Reporter, Santa Fe, NM
2009
Kõan Boxes. catalogue to accompany Lannan Foundation Exhibition, essay Tim Rodgers Ph. D., Chief Curator, New Mexico Museum of Art, Design Jack B. Woody, Twin Palms Press
2007
Hollis Walker. Larry Fodor – Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Art News
2007
Hollis Walker. Triumph of Intuition, Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe/North
2002
Marcia Mayo. Editor, Greek Contributions to MankindAn Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, Catalogue to accompany exhibition, 2002, United States Art in Embassies Program Exhibition
2001
Teri Thompson Randall, An Unscripted Dialog, Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe, NM
1999
Craig Sullivan. Artist tries to Capture Sensations…, Albuquerque Journal North, Albuquerque, NM
1997
Kathleen McCloud. Larry Fodor’s Continuing Process Dialogue, Santa Fe New Mexican, Santa Fe, NM
1997
Perrin Patterson. Artists to Watch in 1997, Santa Fean, Santa Fe, NM
1995
Ellen Berkovitch. Group Show good way to welcome…, Albuquerque Journal North
1994
Suzanne Deats. Varied Artistic Approaches Reflect Gender Differences, Albuquerque Journal

Art in America – Lawrence Fodor
Santa Fe-based abstract painter Lawrence Fodor has shown his process-oriented work extensively on the West Coast for nearly three decades. A result of Fodor’s process, and in keeping with the nature of the koan—a paradox used as a Buddhist meditation tool – the “Koans” are the outcome of lengthy execution that is both arbitrary and intentional, intuitive and rational.

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