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Lauren Braun and Lisa Bergant Koi: points of view is currently on view through April 2 at The Union Hall above Bar Marco in Pittsburgh's strip district. Details can be found here:
"The work in my ongoing Departure series depicts indeterminate spaces. In this series I am exploring visual perception and the effects movement has on it. I think about how our eyes dart to collect information as we move through space and how this physiology contributes to creating a personal version of reality. In that regard, I consider my paintings to fall under the banner of conceptual realism.
While a passenger traveling in a car, I sketch snippets of the landscape as I move through it. My paintings are the result of an accumulation of select lines and shapes from these drawings combined with non-representational color. The process is dictated not by any foreseen conclusion but by an intuitive search for exactly the right result. In working toward this elusive outcome, I find myself pulled toward using lines and shapes that are not-quite-identifiable and somehow skewed; the more peculiar, the better. The words lyrical, calming, disturbing, and phantasmagorical have been used to describe my paintings, all descriptions I find fitting."
Lisa Bergant Koi holds an MA (painting) from Illinois State University and a BFA from Bowling Green State University. She works and resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is a member of both the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists.