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(Lisa has work in three exhibitions in November and December 2017: Group A – Small Works at Jask Gallery, Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh Society of Artists’ 52nd Annual exhibition at Artsmiths, Pittsburgh; and AAP Small Works at Bottleworks in Johnstown. Thank you for your interest.)
The paintings in Lisa Bergant Koi's Departure series depict indeterminate spaces.
As a passenger traveling in a car, she sketches snippets of the landscape as she passes through it, and it is these inherently abstract sketches that form the foundation of her paintings. Her paintings are layered accumulations of select lines and shapes replicated from any number of these drawings. The form of her paintings is inspired by an underlying notion of the physiology of visual perception – the eyes dart from one thing to another collecting information and satisfying our curiosity as we move through space. Each of us literally looks at the world differently; what we see combined with our personal experiences helps form our individual versions of reality. The use of non-naturalistic color and non-descriptive titles is thus intended to allow for interpretations of her paintings that are as individual as each viewer. In this regard, she considers her work to fall under the banner of conceptual realism.
Her process is dictated not by any foreseen conclusion but by an intuitive search for exactly the right result. She finds herself pulled toward using lines and shapes from her sketches that feel somehow skewed or not quite identifiable. In fact, the more peculiar they are, the better. Her process is dictated not by any foreseen conclusion, but by an intuitive search toward an elusive outcome.
Lisa Bergant Koi holds an MA (painting) from Illinois State University and a BFA from Bowling Green State University. She has participated in local, regional, and national exhibitions, and most recently had work juried into the 20th International Open at Women Made Gallery in Chicago. Also in 2017, she had a solo show at Point Park University and a two-person exhibition at The Union Hall. Her work is held in private collections as well as the corporate collections of PNC Bank and The Benter Foundation.