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Artist Karen Lederer: Painting, Printmaking and Patterns

Karen Lederer received her BFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University in St. Louis in 2008 and an MFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. She has been an artist in residence at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Lower East Side Printshop, and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. Lederer has presented her work in solo exhibitions at Morgan Lehman Gallery, Cheymore Gallery, One River School, Guilford College Art Gallery, Tennis Elbow at The Journal Gallery, Grant Wahlquist Gallery, and Field Projects. She has participated in many group exhibitions, most recently at Morgan Lehman Gallery, Deanna Evans Projects, Dinner Gallery, Cristea Roberts Gallery, and Hashimoto Contemporary.

“Trained to be a printmaker, Karen Lederer brings monoprinting techniques into a contemporary painting practice. She offsets inked plates onto the surface of her artwork and then defines the rest of the image with paint. Both flat and rendered, the work conveys a spatial disorientation that denies stability. By mixing diverse processes in each piece, she creates environments that are at once constructed and artificial, yet private and personal. Lederer invites the viewer into domestic scenes filled with patterns, color and references to her life and art history. In a moment where people live simultaneously in the physical world and online, her paintings evoke the strange filter through which we see much of our reality.”


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