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Angela Lorenz

The Mansion of Thought – Making Knowledge Visual in Three Dimensions, East and West, 2012
Color offset on cardstock, double gatefold allowing for sculptural formats, 7.5 x 7.5 inches, Edition of 2,000. $50





The Elusive Cockney Family, 2012
Color offset on cardstock, accordion fold, 4.5 x 7 inches, Edition of 2,000. $20




More Dicky Birds or Cockney Rhyming Words, 2012
4.5 x 7 inches, Edition of 2,000. $20




The Theater of Nature or Curiosity Filled the Cabinet , 2002
Color offset on cardstock, double accordion fold, with pop-up case, 11.3 x 11.3 inches, Edition of 5000. $40




Maxims by the Yard – Some in Meter: Spools of Knowledge Vol. I, Vol II, Vol. III, 2003, 2005, 2010
Text woven in polyester ribbon, letterpress printed spool of cardstock, Diameter 5 inches, Edition of 100. $375




Bacon’s Bits of Broken Knowledge (with Ornamenta Rationalia), 2007
Letterpress text on plastic modelling clay, laser printed label on plastic spice jar, with compass attached to bottom by copper wire.
6 x 2 inches, plastic bits, Edition of 22. $600




Soap Story, 1999
Silkscreen on linen pages encased in six cubes of almond soap, blind-embossed clothbound cover lined with linen, rag album-style binding four die cut envelope-style pages, offset label on linen-lined box, 6.2 x 4.7 x 1 inches box, 5.7 x 4 inches book, Edition of 200. $330




Creating with Abandon, 2006
Off-set on acid free paper, 12 x 8 x .3 inches. $40




The Logical Way to Become an Artist, 1992
Letterpress on cardstock, bound with a cotton cord, 4 x 6 x .25 inches. $20




Statement

Angela Lorenz’s work is defined by a conceptual approach inviting the use of a great variety of materials and formats, ranging from the rigorously archival to the blatantly ephemeral, like soap and chewing gum. Non-fiction research in historical and cultural areas provides the basis for her editions, but this content is usually conveyed in a humorous and whimsical manner, through unorthodox materials and rhyming verse. Her artist’s books vary in edition size from unique to 3,000 copies, but average around 25 exemplars, leaning to the sculptural limits of the genre. Lorenz’s work may be consulted at over 100 North American and European museums, libraries and universities, from Vienna’s Sammlung Albertina to London’s British Library and V&A, from the Fogg Art Museum to the Getty.

Biography

Angela Lorenz (born 1965, USA) is an artist and author who has been producing mixed-media limited-edition artists’ books in Bologna, Italy since 1989. In 2011 Lorenz established a studio in Maine to work on large-scale projects difficult to transport from Italy. She obtained a B.A. in Fine Arts and Semiotics from Brown University, with courses in Graphics and Glass at the Rhode Island School of Design, including printed books with Jan Baker and concrete books with Janet Zweig. This degree also included a year at the University of Bologna and an apprenticeship with an Italian bookbinder. Much of Lorenz’s formal training in art theory and practice, however, took place in high school at Phillips Academy, Andover, where a focus on printmaking led to her first artist’s books.

The artist often lectures in Italian and English at academic conferences and museum venues (MFA Boston, Brooklyn Museum of Art, MASS MoCA, the Farnsworth) and critiques at beaux arts academies and university programs in Italy, the UK and the U.S. Recent residencies include Faculty Artist in Residence at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Elson Artist in Residence at the Addison Gallery of American Art and critic at the graduate level for Stanford and UArts, Philadelphia. Both her work and critical writings have been widely published in books, periodicals and on the web, with features in the Boston Globe and La Repubblica. Lorenz’s artist’s books have been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Walker Art Center, the Portland Museum of Art, the National Gallery and MASS MoCA.

Angela Lorenz Website