The text for this book comes from a quote by the surrealist Roland Penrose describing his thought process in titling his collage painting "Le Grand Jour". It seemed like a very poetic and visual sentence to me.The dichotomy between a dance hall and a sunset seemed appropriately surreal coming off of the pandemic/moving into the new normal. In my mind, the juxtaposition equates the human need for the social and the need for personal reflection that was heightened and distorted during the pandemic, and is currently a re-balancing process for many.
Lori Spencer is an artist/printmaker who has long been interested in production/reproduction and interpretation/reinterpretation as a method of image making. Her mark making tools are varied- from the haptic, to the mechanical, to the digital, to the textual. Much of her studio practice lies in the generation of mark and then the reinterpretation, reproduction and re-contextualization of it through various media and formats.
Solo exhibitions include From Venice to Vietnam, Printmaking Gallery, The University of the Arts 2018; In Response: Works on Paper, North River Gallery, Chatham NY 2017 ; The Meandering, The Word and Image Gallery, Bright Hill Literary Center, Treadwell, NY 2012; Vignettes and Silhouettes, the Lewis Art Gallery, Millsaps College, Jackson MS 2011. Two person exhibitions include Elemental Iterations (a collaboration with Rebecca Gilbert), President’s Gallery, The University of the Arts 2015, and Fair Ophelia (a collaboration with Julianna Foster), Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia 2010. Her work is in a number of public collections such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, and The Library of Congress. For two decades she was the Master Printer in the Borowsky Center for Publication Arts at The University of the Arts where she has worked with countless artists to produce artist books and offset lithography prints. She received her BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and her MFA in Book Arts & Printmaking from The University of the Arts. She is currently the director of the Book Arts & Printmaking program at Uarts. loribspencer.com