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Lean to Me:  My Own Wilderness Fantasy
A solo exhibition / installation of new work by  
Hilary Lorenz
November 14 - December 18, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 14, 4 - 6 pm
This event is FREE and open to the public
Gallery Hours: Tues - Fri   12 - 5 pm,   Sat 12 - 4 pm

Hilary Lorenz translates the physical and visceral experience of hiking remote landscapes into visual imagery that takes the form of prints, drawings and enveloping installations. Grounded in traditions of performance walking, Lorenz’s artwork is shaped by the space she passes through during long-distance runs and mountain climbing. Her drawings and prints function as visual mapping specific to each location: abstract, intuitive time-lines that mark a spatial journey of memory and change. As the artist describes, “When I am carving a linoleum block or applying watercolor to paper, I relive each step that I walked or ran through a single knife-cut or brushstroke.” Even the act of operating a manual printing press supports her strong passion for simple physical repetition.

For the Courthouse Gallery, Lorenz continues to build on her previous work by exploration the Adirondack State Park's numerous trails and high points, as well the Northern New Mexico landscape where she spends several months each year. Lorenz takes these wildlife explorations and turns them into room-size environments consisting of linoleum block-printed and cut paper that is collaged and layered to form mountain, animals and camp sites. Because the work documents her experiences, the artist is careful to portray only the mountains that she has hiked or climbed. The ink drawn animals serve as a record of Lorenz’s treks and simultaneously evokes a wilderness fantasy with bears, coyotes, rabbits and moose. In this way, the artist attempts to represent a longing for solitude, quietness and rural moments in the big, bustling city.

Lorenz received an MA and MFA in printmaking and multi-media from the University of Iowa and a BS in painting from Western Michigan University. She has had solo exhibitions at Muriel Guépin Gallery, Safe-T-Gallery and ARAMONA Gallery, all in New York City. Selected group exhibitions include shows at Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Santa Fe Art Institute; Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung; and Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ. Lorenz has participated in numerous artist residencies, including Wave Hill Artist Residency, Bronx, NY; ARTS Tasmania International, Tasmania, Australia; Frans Masereel Centrum voor Graphics, Kasterlee, Belgium; and National Seashore C-Scape.  To learn more about Hilary Lorenz and her work visit www.hilarylorenz.com, and also her blog at www.hilarylorenz.wordpress.com.

This exhibition is funded in part by Lake George Kayak Company and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. The Courthouse Gallery hours during exhibitions are Tuesday through Fri
day 12 – 5 pm, Saturday 12 – 4 pm, and all other times by appointment. The Courthouse Gallery is located at the side entrance of the Old County Courthouse, corner of Canada and Lower Amherst Streets, Lake George, NY.

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