Lisa Sanditz: Water and Bugs

Exhibition Dates: March 5 – April 23, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 5 from 6–8 pm
Gallery Location: 432 Julia Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 am–5 pm
Contact Info: 504.522.1999;

The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present Water and Bugs, an exhibition of paintings by Lisa Sanditz. The exhibition will be on view at Arthur Roger Gallery, located at 432 Julia Street, from March 5 – April 23, 2016. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist in attendance on Saturday, March 5 from 6-8 pm.

Yellow Tent, 2015 | Acrylic on canvas | 16 x 20 inches

Yellow Tent, 2015 | Acrylic on canvas | 16 x 20 inches

Working from location, memory and sometimes imagination, Lisa Sanditz composes vibrantly colored landscapes and nature-inspired works that explore the complex coexistence of mankind and natural forces. At the invitation of Jim Richard, the artist presents a recent body of work focusing on our relationship with water and bugs. The works illustrate that both are necessary for survival, yet definitively need to be managed and controlled. The exhibition includes several small- to large-scale works on canvas and paper, as well as a ceramic work.

Paintings Double Brown Tanks and Behind the Morongo Casino each depict the parched California desert, marked with water storage tanks. The Fumigation Tent series was inspired by a trip to Los Angeles where the artist witnessed a “landscape festooned with sinisterly colorful fumigation tents.” Like the fumes utilized in the structures, the color of each tent leaks out and permeates the entire painting.

Allowing her subject matter to drive the decision-making regarding form, Sanditz turned to ceramic for BarnacleBottletopBucket. In sharp contrast to California’s constant battle with drought, this representation of a five-gallon bucket adorned with handmade barnacle forms and plastic bottle caps collected from the Gulf Coast, addresses New Orleans’ battle with flooding.

Lisa Sanditz received an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute in 2001. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and her work is included in numerous public collections including the Smithsonian Museum of Art, Washington DC; the St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; and The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO. She was a 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship recipient; 2010 Winifred Johnson Clive Fellow; and 2015 Anonymous Was A Woman Grant Recipient. She lives and works in New York.