Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold
Last week, I was invited by the San Diego Museum of Art for a private tour of Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold, the artist's first solo museum exhibition. As some of may know, I place a lot of importance on enjoying the creative process, not only the final product. I believe the sketches and drafts, the revisions and the mess ups, are all part of the journey and only serves to enhance the narrative of your artwork. So it was a real treat to be given the opportunity to delve into the life and creative process of Nancy Lorenz at this event.
After an intimate matcha tea ceremony led by Holy Matcha, we were led to the exhibit by Anita Feldman, Deputy Chief of Curatorial Affairs, who gave us an in depth overview of the artist and her creative process.
To give you a bit of the artist's background, Nancy Lorenz is a contemporary, abstract artist based in New York. She uses her background in traditional Japanese decorative arts and incorporates them into her abstract pieces using materials, such as mother-of-pearl inlay, lacquer and gold leaf.
During the tour, we learned about the time-consuming process of mother-of-pearl inlays found in many of her pieces. We learned about her technique of "Pours" seen on many of her pieces, which involve expressive applications of water gilded gesso. We also learned about the influence of Arte Provera minimalism in her work.
When we first entered the exhibition room, I was instantly transfixed by the warm glow emanating from the first piece I saw, Moon Gold Mountain. The textures on the wood panel were made with clay and cardboard, and highlighted by the multi-dimensional shine of gold leaf.
If you look beyond all the shine and shimmer on the surface, you will see the enormous complexity of the artist's process. Each piece is so intricate, with layers of different materials and textures, that it is quite impossible to catch the same view twice. Even in the relative emptiness of the room, I felt a rhythmical buzz, an ebb and flow of energy, shifting as I walked from one masterpiece to the next. Perhaps it was the gestural strokes in the composition, or the layers of textures catching the light, or the subtle glint of the mother-of-pearl inlay. As you move through the exhibit, the light and shadows dance around the room, giving you a new perspective of each piece depending on where you stand.
Traditional methods combined with modern techniques, everyday materials layered with precious metals, this exhibit is a story of contrasts that come together in a harmonious and dynamic way.
If you live in or nearby San Diego, or are planning a trip here in the near future, I highly recommend a visit to the San Diego Museum of Art to check out this exhibit, which is on view through September 3, 2018, and the rest of the Museum's internationally renowned collection of more than 20,000 works. ALSO, be sure to check out my Instagram post here to learn how you can win a dual membership to the San Diego Museum of Art!
I hope you enjoyed this behind the scenes look at Nancy Lorenz: Moon Gold exhibit!