Sunday, May 29, 2011

Lisa Lardy - Photographer - Altered Esthetics Featured Interview

Velodrome Ghent, Belgium
Lisa Lardy
Opening Reception Friday 6/3/2011 - 7:30 -10PM

Name: Lisa Lardy
City/State: Minneapolis, MN
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Lisa Lardy grew up in Woodbury, MN, earned a Bachelors of Science in design from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and now resides in South Minneapolis where she works as a photographer and interior designer.

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
My work encompasses a variety of subjects including travel, portraits, still life and nature. I look for strong compositional elements, patterns, shapes and textures when I’m creating my images. My photography is all created digitally and is processed to varying extents with Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.

I recently finished a project titled “30 Portraits in 30 Days” that featured studio portraits of 30 children. The energy the kids contributed to the project was fantastic. Their ideas and creativity were inspiring (and entertaining!). In contrast, one of my current projects is a series based on well-loved objects from the past (antique toys, books, & sporting equipment). The project focuses on the well-worn characteristics of the objects, uncovering the secrets and stories they hold. Travel photography has been a passion for many years. Each place teaches me a new aesthetic and offers a vast array of creative photographic opportunities. And as a bonus, traveling helps me to see my hometown with fresh eyes. The work featured here is from recent travels to Belgium, specifically Brugge, Namur and Ghent.

Rofftops in Brugge, Belgium

"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? What statement do you hope to make?
I strive to involve the viewer in the interpretation of the artwork allowing him/her to discover the statement, emotion or story the piece(s) portrays. Everyone interprets art differently based on his or her own life experiences. It is the active participation between the viewer and the image that brings art to life. Art is about the conversation, not just the work alone.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Learn the rules, break the rules, create in accordance with your vision, then edit, edit, edit.

Beguinage in Brugge, Belgium

Tell me about your workspace and your creative process.

When I’m not working in the great outdoors, I’m working in my office/studio in South Minneapolis. There, I’m surrounded with natural light and a rotating display of artwork that I find inspiring.

My creative process stems from actively seeing what’s around me. I’m constantly searching for the relationships of various elements in a scene. Visually distilling those relationships down to a clear, uncluttered image is my goal.

Pattershol (Monk’s Hole) Neighborhood in Ghent, Belgium

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?
Jean Leuthner
Kari Maxwell
Kat Corrigan
Claudia Poser

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
Photos, paintings, prints, sculptures. I’m interested in seeing how others use light, form and color in their work.

Weinstein Gallery
Altered Esthetics
Minneapolis Photo Center

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

Communication Arts
Springboard for the Arts
MN Artists
Velodrome Ghent, Belgium

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
I’ll be participating in Altered Esthetics June show – “Bike Art VI

I will also be participating in Altered Esthetics shows: “Home” (September 2011), “Food Fight” (November 2011) and “Animal Art III: Rescue Me” (December 2011).

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
I’m excited to be a new member of L7 (not the band)! We’re a group of artists who gather on a regular basis to inspire each other and get our art into the world. We are serious about art, but most of all, have fun making it. Check us out on Facebook for updates on upcoming shows and events – Search Facebook for “L7 (not the band)”
Lisa Lardy

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