Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to present a new large-scale sculpture by Los Angeles-based artist Kristi Lippire. The temporary public work will be on display through May, 2012. Lippire’s botanical inspired piece is nestled in the Casita’s garden at the Madison Neighborhood Casita, 805 N. Madison Ave. Pasadena, California.
Kristi Lippire’s temporary public sculpture, entitled Hybrid: Lombardi, Druid and the LA Zoo, reference the use of three distinct plants found in her travels around Los Angeles, specifically in her El Sereno area. Hybrid: Lombardi, Druid and the LA is an exaggerated, eight-foot tall papier maché representation of an actual agave plant she noticed in her neighborhood, which was equipped with lemons to cover the sharp tips. This idiosyncratic modification struck her as an oddly amusing yet undeniably practical solution to ensure safety from the plant’s very sharp points. Unexpected juxtapositions such as this reveal Lippire’s skill at isolating small moments and gestures of daily life in a manner that emphasizes the humor of a complex social culture. Hybrid: Lombardi,
Druid and the LA demonstrates Lippire’s aesthetic explorations of scale and material as well as her interest in the visual culture that surrounds her every day.
Kristi Lippire lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from California State University, Long Beach and her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Her work is featured in the traveling exhibition Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy that opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and is traveling to Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Orange County Museum of Art, and Nasher Museum at Duke University. Lippire has exhibited with d.e.n. contemporary art and Ace Gallery in Los Angeles and has participated in recent group exhibitions at the Torrance
Art Museum, Glendale Community College, and The Riverside Art Museum. She has also been involved in and has organized multiple guerilla art projects in Los Angeles and Mexico, and for the last three summers has organized a collaborative project with her husband, artist Matt Wardell, organizing backyard screenings of new video work and performance art in their El Sereno backyard.
Armory Center for the Arts
The Armory Center for the Arts, in Pasadena, California, builds on the power of art to transform lives and communities through presenting, creating, teaching, and discussing contemporary visual art. The organization’s department of exhibitions mounts over 25 visual arts exhibitions each year at its main facility and in locations throughout the City of Pasadena. In addition, the Armory offers studio art classes and a variety of educational outreach programs to more than fifty schools and community sites. The Armory believes that an understanding and appreciation of the arts is essential for a well-rounded human experience and a civil community.
For information about Armory exhibitions and events, the public may call 626.792.5101 x122. or visit the Armory website at www.armoryarts.org