Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lauren Krukowski - Mixed Media

“I Swear I Tried,” 5”x9” Mixed Media on Paper, 2011
Lauren Krukowski

Name: Lauren Krukowski
City/State: Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Lauren Krukowski is a Minnesota Artist specializing in mixed media painting, drawing and sculpture. In 2010 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison studying under Midwest artists TL Solien, Fred Stonehouse, and Derrick Buisch.

“If Only I’d Gone, or Hadn’t,” 11”x8.5” Mixed Media on Paper, 2011

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
I finished my undergraduate degree in December and now I am taking a bit of a break from academia and thriving on play, messing around and really enjoying the process of making. Experimentation has always been a very important part of the progression of my work, and right now anything goes.

I am working between fabric sculptures, and small, fragile collage drawings that incorporate a considerable amount of hand-stitching techniques. I have also been focusing a lot of energy on sketching, and am experimenting with etching.

“I Tried To Keep It Together,” 11”x8.5” Mixed Media on Paper, 2011

“What is Art?” is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art?
I am after the viewer’s reflection on themselves and their experience in relation to the work. My work does not offer a grandiose statement, but more of a poetic consideration.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Fred Stonehouse preached to make what you want, and what feels right. To forget everything you know about art should look like, don’t let yourself think about what makes a painting a painting, or a drawing a drawing, just focus on creating what you feel and what want to create.

“Triptych,” 33”x33” Mixed Media on Canvas, 2011

Tell me about your working space and your creative process?
I am currently working out of my apartment. Nothing beats living with your art as you make it. Having my work in view when I am not working allows me to gain a prospective on the piece that I cannot see as I am working. Though, there are definitely times of frustration when a piece is rolled-up or turned around, and out of sight.

My process differs from drawing to painting to sculpture, but I believe that although they are different, they each inform each other.

My paintings start out extremely raw and abstract, allowing chance and the medium itself to materialize and decide what will come of the session. As the painting begins to emerge, I take more control and work as “editor” the piece. Erasure is always a very important part of my painting process.

The small-scale collage drawings come from a rapid, steam-of-consciousness kind of approach that is entirely additive and in the moment. There is no erasure and no time to edit, so they come out very raw. My sculptures generally come from a more traditional process of idea, sketch, final product, but I try to utilize the material and stitching process in a way that allows the shape to shift and move in a way I could not have planned in advance.

“Some Assembly Required,” 20”x12”x8” Mixed Media, 2010

Who are some of the MN artists you enjoy?
Ute Bertog
Gregory Euclide
Joe Aschebrock
Beth Barron
Liz Miller

If I were to follow you around to see art in MN, which places would we go? What would we see?
I always hit the Walker Art Center for “Target Free Thursday Nights,” MIA’s Minnesota Artist Exhibition Program (MAEP), SOO Visual Arts Center, Altered Esthetics, I also like to check out what is coming out of MCAD.

Where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the world locally and otherwise?

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I am challenging myself to put all of my energy into making work, and building my repertoire. You can expect many drawings, paintings and fabric sculptures as well as a lot of experimentation.

Lauren Krukowski

1 comment:

bbarron said...

Great work, with a solid wise voice. You are in touch with a raw-ness that is universal. Thanks Lauren for your work !