2011-2012 oil, wax, alkyd resin and 23 kt gold on wood cigar box with found objects embedded 10.5 x 8.25 x 2 inches
Lawrence Fodor generally paints in an abstract expressionist mode – frenetic, unrestrained and intuitive. Fodor identifies with the Japanese principle kōan, a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment. The boxes in Fodor's work act as a direct representation of the principle. Expressed through successive layers of paint, Fodor aims for textural highlights that are the unintentional result of a process that he calls "the unfathomable and infinite variety of the macrocosm."
As an artist, Fodor is also transfixed with meditations on color. The boxes act as a base for the infinite variety, possibility, and associations of color. They elicit contradictions in the way individual viewers relate to color - be it intellectual, emotional, intuitive or cultural. Fodor believes that individual perceptions of color are a direct result of inherent abilities reinforced by one's environment.
Lawrence Fodor began the pursuit of painting when he was 10. He studied at Orange Coast College and received a BFA from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, California where he also did graduate work towards his MFA in printmaking and painting. He has studied, traveled and lived in Europe, Asia, Central and South America. His work is exhibited and collected extensively in private and public collections including the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico and recently by the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, among others.
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