Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Lauren Krukowski - Painter

Bedroom In Arles (Van Gogh), 4” x 6” mixed media on canvas, 2012
Lauren Krukowski

Name: Lauren Krukowski 
City/State: Minneapolis, MN
Email: lrkrukowski@gmail.com
Website: laurenkrukowski.tumblr.com
MNartist.org profile: http://www.mnartists.org/artistHome.do?rid=253247
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LaurenKrukowskiArt

Lauren Krukowski is a mixed media painter from Waconia, MN. She received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010. Her work has been shown in galleries in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and California.

Interior on the Sofa (Cassatt), 4” x 6” mixed media on canvas, 2012

Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
Over 2 months this summer, I challenged myself to recreate thirty small paintings of interior spaces pulled from different artists painting from 1750-1950. Through this process of immersing myself into art history, I hoped to find similarities and differences in ways of seeing and making space that I could engage and alter in my renditions. I have translated the subjects and compositions into my own playful and sometimes grotesque style where boundaries are lacking and shapes dissolve into one another allowing form to become space. Through placement of color, line and form, I have attempted to shift the composition and planes of each painting to an uncanny new position. The small size of the paintings (4” x 6” or 6” x 4”) was the biggest change from my previous work.

Twenty of these interiors can be seen in the “For the Love of Paint” show at Flow Art Space opening Friday, September 14th from 6-9 PM.

Madame Monet in a Red Hood (Monet), 6” x 4” mixed media on canvas, 2012

How did you decide to become an artist? 
When I was very young, my grandfather told me I couldn’t be an artist until I picked and dried enough of the Orange Hawkweed wildflower (also called Indian Paintbrush) I have been picking them ever since.  I decided to seriously pursue art as a career two weeks into my undergraduate degree when I realized how many chemistry classes I would need to take in my previous major. So far, that has been one of the better decisions I have made in my life.  

Interior (Degas), 4” x 6” mixed media on canvas, 2012

What was the best advice given to you as an artist? 
Paint what you are passionate about, something that can keep your attention for a while, something that you can’t get out of your mind. Paint something you really want to get to know and figure out, paint it every day.  

Many artists struggle to find ways to sell their art.  How do you sell your work?  How do you market yourself?
I sell art through my blog and Facebook. Tumblr has been a great, easy to use and free marketing tool.

Interior with Portraits (Le Clear), 4” x 6” mixed media on canvas, 2012

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?
Andrew Mazorol & Tynan Kerr: http://amtk.org/AM-TK/AMTK.html
J.M. Culver: http://jmculver.com/

If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
You can see some great art at all of the places below.
Walker Art Center: http://walkerart.org/
SooVAC: http://www.soovac.org/
Minnesota Institute of Arts:http://www.artsmia.org/
MCAD Gallery: http://mcad.edu/events-fellowships/gallery-exhibitions
Weisman Museum: http://www.weisman.umn.edu/
Soap Factory: http://soapfactory.org/

Interiors. Reception room with columns on the mezzanine (Zelentsov), 4” x 6” mixed media on canvas, 2012

In addition to www.Local-Artist-Interviews.com, 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? 

Paper Darts: http://www.paperdarts.org/
Buy Some Damn Art: http://www.buysomedamnart.com/

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
I am the featured artist for the “For the Love of Paint” show at Flow Art Space opening 
Friday, September 14th from 6-9 PM. You can see twenty of the small paintings I made this summer, along with wonderful paintings by nineteen other local and national artists. The show will be open September 12-29, 2012
Lauren Krukowski

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