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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 are 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 consideration of the physiology of visual perception – generally, how the eyes dart from one thing to another collecting information and satisfying our curiosity as we move through space. In this regard, she considers her work to fall under the banner of conceptual realism.
As each of us literally sees the world differently, what we see combined with our personal experiences helps form our individual versions of reality. In support of this idea, non-naturalistic color and non-descriptive titles are used to allow for interpretations of her paintings that are as distinct as each viewer.
Her process is dictated not by any foreseen conclusion but by an intuitive search for exactly the right result. She finds herself pulled toward juxtaposing lines and shapes from her sketches that feel somehow skewed or are not quite identifiable. In fact, the more peculiar they are, the better.
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.