Yautepec is honored to present "Find Finding ing," the first exhibition in Mexico by Los Angeles-based artist, Annie Lapin, on view from September 13th to October 20th, 2012.
Winner of last year's New American Paintings' Annual Prize as well as its Reader's Choice Poll, Lapin is known for an approach to painting that treats the canvas as an object with an inherent, invisible, but infinite set of signifiers. Her work often derives its structural forms from a traditional painterly lexicon — the romantic landscape, the portrait, the still life — but then pushes these familiar foundations into liminal states straddling form and abstraction, yielding complex and novel interplay between viewer and painting.
Materials and forms in her works are seemingly frozen at a moment which appears to be forever on the verge of coherence, leaving the viewer in a state of cognitive suspension. Lapin likes to describe this effect in terms of "emergence," in which the disparate elements of her paintings are in a constant process of self-organization.
For her exhibition at Yautepec, Lapin draws this interplay out still further beyond the autonomy of the canvas, paying certain homage to Allan Kaprow's historical call — as formulated in his 1958 essay "The Legacy of Jackson Pollock" — for an approach to art-making after Pollock in which "we must become preoccupied with and even dazzled by the space and objects of our everyday life ...." Lapin's own assertion in "Find Finding ing" is that the components that comprise the closed set of a painting exhibition now sit squarely within the realm of the ordinary, former delusions of grandeur presently rendered suspect at best. In turn, however, this placement — or acceptance — of the painting exhibition as part of the real allows Lapin to then treat the exhibition itself as a found object, opening it up to further levels of dissection, recombination, and reinterpretation in which "making" and "being" become fluid states, recursively mirroring the emergent nature of the paintings themselves.