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Laura Krifka

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<I>WOMAN DRYING HERSELF</I>

WOMAN DRYING HERSELF, 2019

OIL ON CANVAS

65 X 40 IN

BRIEF BIO

Born 1985, Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in San Luis Obispo, CA

Through intimate and carefully constructed figurative paintings artist Laura Krifka dissects the mechanisms of power, identity, and observation found in visual culture. With non-descript references to the history of painting, Krifka incorporates the contemporary frameworks of film and photography into her understanding of portraiture and psychology. By collapsing several views of the same pose, subject, space, and time into each painting Krifka creates scenes that appear deceptively simple, but are rife with distortions, puzzles, and physical impossibilities that make visual factuality tenuous and challenge a viewer's perceptual abilities. Krifka directs each complex narrative as paintings unravel and reform slowly over months and even years. Protagonists inhabit claustrophobic, domestic spaces, sometimes gazing assertively out of their canvases, other times disappearing into the wallpaper, but always vulnerable. Krifka's figures occupy various states of undress, preparation, or play, expressing an ease with intimacy and an acknowledgement that the act of looking is a central component of desire. The pleasure of observation is echoed in Krifka's own words: "...our pleasures and perversions have been molded by the fictions that permeate our ubiquitous visual culture. That our most secret desires are partially formed by our codified, collective experiences is a source of endless fascination for me."

Laura Krifka received her MFA from UC Santa Barbara in 2010 and her BFA from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo in 2008, following earlier studies at Newbold College in England and Avondale College in Australia. Krifka has exhibited her work at venues throughout Southern California including the Torrance Museum of Art, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, LA Louver, CB1 Gallery, and Beacon Arts in Inglewood, as well as at Zroboli Gallery in Chicago, BravinLee Programs in New York, and Vast Space Projects in Las Vegas. Krifka's work has been featured in various publications including Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Santa Barbara News-Press, New American Paintings, and Artillery Magazine and her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, and the Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

BRIEF CV

Born 1985, Los Angeles, CA
Lives and works in San Luis Obispo, CA

EDUCATION

2010 M.F.A. University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA
2008 B.F.A. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
The Game of Patience, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

2017
Between You and Me, BravinLee Programs, New York, NY

2015
Reap the Whirlwind, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2013
Viper Kingdom, BravinLee Programs, New York, NY

2012
First Blush, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2011
Milk and Honey, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Narrative Painting in Los Angeles, Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
The Vision Board, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Three Years: The Davyd Whaley Foundation, Castelli Art Space, Los Angeles, CA
Dream House vs. Punk House (+Cat House), Serious Topics, Los Angeles, CA

2018
The Sewing Circle: Feminine Narratives, Seaver Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Evolver, LA Louver, Santa Monica, CA
Faculty Triennial, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
Herself, Girlhood in Stop-Motion Film, Atkinson Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA
Book Club: Speed Boat, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, CA

2017
Love Poems, Basement Projects, Santa Ana, CA
Four Artists, Paul Loya Gallery, Culver City, CA
Hot Time, Summer in the City, CB1 Gallery Los Angeles, CA

2016
Werewolf, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Introspective, BravinLee Programs, New York, NY

2015
Untitled, BravinLee Programs, Miami, FL
Better Far Pursue A frivolous Trade By Serious Means Than A Sublime Art Frivolously, Fine Arts Gallery CSU Los Angeles, CA

2014
Art Watch 2014: Young Careers - SB to Greater LA, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Staring Here: A Selection of Distinguished Artists from UCSB, AD&A Museum UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

2013
Untitled, BravinLee Programs, Miami, FL
Rogue Wave, LA Louver, Santa Monica, CA
Works on Paper, CB1 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Paradox Maintenance Technicians, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Some Fine Women, Vast Space Projects, Las Vegas, NV

2012
Seven, BravinLee Programs, Miami, FL?
Virtual Boundaries, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, MO
Do not go Gently, LA City College, Los Angeles, CA

2011
The Feminine Canvas, Beacon Arts, Inglewood, CA
Pieceable Kingdom, curated by David Pagel, Beacon Arts, Inglewood, CA
Genesis, Cuesta College Art Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA
Face Off, Zroboli Gallery, Chicago, IL

2010
C.F.E., Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Santa Barbara, CA
Test Pattern, McNish Gallery, Oxnard College, Oxnard, CA
Visual Spectrum, Santa Barbara University Art Museum, Santa Barbara, CA

2009
Official Vision Quest, Gallery 1434, University of California Santa Barbara, CA
Grand Narrative, University of California Santa Barbara, CA
Another Year Another Fire, University of Santa Barbara, CA

AWARDS / RESIDENCIES

2017
Davyd Whaley Artist-Teacher Grant, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Santa Barbara Art Association Scholarship Award, Santa Barbara, CA
Levitan Fellowship, University of California Santa Barbara, CA

2008
Broida Award, University of Santa Barbara, CA
Studio Art Scholarship, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA
Cal Poly Arts Award, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, Montecito, CA
Art, Design & Architecture Museum, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA

BIBLIOGRAPHY

2019
Turner, Nancy Kay. "Narrative Painting in Los Angeles," Riot Material, Aug. 5, 2019
Davis, Genie. "Three Years and Seven Artists at Castelli Art Space," Art and Cake, Jul. 5, 2019
Frank, Peter. "Dollhouse Funhouse: Dream House vs. Punk House (+Cat House)," Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, Apr. 2019
Finkel, Jori. "Honey I Shrunk the Art," The Art Newspaper, Apr. 24, 2019
Dambrot, Shana Nys. "Dream House vs. Punk House (+Cat House)," Artillery, Apr. 10, 2019


2018
Turner, Nancy Kay. "The Sewing Circle: Feminine Narratives at the Marlborough School," Art and Cake, Sep. 17, 2018
Davis, Genie, "Book Club: Speed Boat Makes Art Waves." Art and Cake LA, Feb. 16, 2018
Black, Ezrha Jean. "Book Club: Speed Boat- Durden and Ray." Artillery Magazine, Feb. 3, 2018

2017
Zevitas, Steven. "17 Artists (+2) To Watch in 2017." New American Painting. Jan. 1, 2017
Osberg, Annabelle. "Hot Time, Summer in the City." Artillery Magazine, Aug. 17, 2017

2015
Mizota, Sharon. "Unexpected Ferociousness In Laura Krifka's work at CB1 Gallery." Los Angeles Times. Feb. 6, 2015
Abrahams, Meghan. "Laura Krifka: Reap the Whirlwind." Art Pulse Magazine. NO 22, volume 26, 2015
Frank, Priscilla. "Inside the Racy, Blood-Soaked Drama of Laura Krifka's Painted World." The Huffington Post. Feb. 18, 2015
Young, Stephanie. "The Strange Expressions in Laura Krifka's Paintings and Sculptures." Beautiful/Decay. Feb. 18, 2015

2013
Goldberg, Roxanne. "The Alluring Fantasies of Laura Krifka." HiFructose. Mar. 2013
Beininger, Anna. "Laura Krifka Interview." Carets and Sticks. Feb. 2013
Dacheux, Stacy. "Paintings that Explore Classical and Contemporary Myth." Beautiful Decay. 2013
"Paintings by Laura Krifka." Juxtapoz Magazine. 2013
Pagel, David. "Wave of Vigor Spills Over," The Los Angeles Times. Aug. 2, 2013, P. D13

2012
Harnish, Tracey. "Thirteen Questions." Art Week LA. Apr. 21, 2012
Harnish, Tracey. "A Round up of the Best Shows in LA: Laura Krifka." LA Art Diary. Mar. 31, 2012
Fitzpatrick, Kyle. "A Word with Laura Krifka on her First Blush." LA I'm Yours. Mar. 6, 2012
"Laura Krifka's 'First Blush' Depicts An Americana Fantasy." Huffington Post. Mar. 1, 2012

2011

Woodard, Josef. "Playing the Fields." Santa Barbara News-Press. Sep. 2, 2011

2010
Woodard, Josef. "Concepts Meeting the Concrete." Santa Barbara News-Press. Jun. 11, 2010
Woodard, Josef. "The Good of the Grouping." Santa Barbara News-Press. Aug. 20, 2010
"MFA Edition Issue 87." New American Paintings. Apr. 2010

2008
Shwellenbach, Ashley, "We Humans," New Times SLO, Apr. 16, 2008