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Untitled I (On knowing what I think I might want)


Lauren Krukowski is an artist working in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has recently been included in group exhibitions at the International Print Center, New York (IPCNY) and Trestle Gallery. She has a forthcoming two-person exhibition at Soo Visual Art Center (SooVAC) opening April 2020. Krukowski earned a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010, and has lived and worked in Brooklyn, New York since 2012. 

Tell us about your series "On knowing what I think I might want"

When I started working on the “On knowing what I think I might want” series in 2015 the title reflected a period of great change, self-searching, and uncertainty that was present in my life. Over time, my interest in the series evolved and the title came to represent my long-standing interest in the potential of ambiguity within an abstract image to invite reverie and reflective thought. I am interested in creating work that hints at representation but allows perception and the understanding of the still image to remain active and in flux. 

The colors in this series are just lovely. What inspired your palette? 

Thank you! My work is driven by a fascination with light and color. I am interested in how both natural light and contemporary light sources like LED and digital light affect our perception of color and space. I am constantly exploring the effect of light on color, and the effect of color on our perception of space within a two-dimensional image.

I enjoy color mixing and often discover colors through research and play while mixing paint. I also take photographs to collect colors I see day-to-day, the vibrant lavender I have been using lately is a tint of the eastern sky in Brooklyn during sunset. Other colors come from fabrics or the way light hits a particular landscape or building. My use of color in this series has been greatly influenced by the work of Milton Avery and his pairing of vibrant, radiant colors with dim or muted tones.  I also see a lot of connection between my palettes and the high desert landscape of Idyllwild, California where I used to teach.

What is your process creating these works? What exactly is chine-collé?

On canvas, I layer transparent washes of thinned acrylic gouache on unprimed canvas which allows the paint to soak into the fabric like a dye. Layer by layer colors are built and edges are solidified, leaving the texture of the canvas visible. 

On paper, I create collaged images with hand-painted and hand-cut papers. I often adhere the papers using a printmaking process called chine-collé, which uses the pressure of an etching press in conjunction with archival glue to adhere tissue-thin papers to a thicker backing paper. The chine-collé process gives the final collaged image the illusion of a flat, uninterrupted surface.

What do you hope your work conveys to viewers and collectors? How do you hope it will make them feel?

I hope that the work is calming and sparks prolonged interest in viewers, inviting wonder and reflective thought over time.

Tell us about your upcoming two person exhibit at SooVAC.

I’m excited to debut new work in a two person exhibition alongside artist Chris Heidman at SooVAC in Minneapolis, Minnesota next April through May 2020! I will post further information about the show as it is announced on Instagram and my website. Please follow me at for further information. 

Untitled I (On knowing what I think I might want)

by Lauren Krukowski


Hand-painted chine-collé collage
16 inches x 12 inches

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