New York-based artist Karen Lederer will discuss her work, the ways it has changed over time, and printmaking’s role in her larger studio practice. Her talk will also touch on the ways she incorporates printmaking into her paintings and the conceptual implications of print in her work.
While in residence as a Guest Artist in Print at UT Austin, Karen Lederer will create a series of risograph prints based on paper collages. The collages feature hole punches, a mark that travels through the series, as well as motifs she often uses in her work, such as: art objects, flowers, fruit, vases, and mugs.
Karen Lederer’s paintings and prints are filled with patterns, references to her New York City upbringing, reproductions of iconic artworks, and signs of the current political moment. By mixing diverse processes in each piece, she seeks to create environments that are at once constructed and artificial, yet private and personal.
Lederer received her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. She was an artist in residence at Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Lower East Side Printshop, and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Grant Wahlquist Gallery, One River School, Guilford College Art Gallery, Tennis Elbow at The Journal Gallery, and Field Projects. She has participated in many group exhibitions most recently at Morgan Lehman, Platform Project Space, Unpaved Gallery, Danese/Corey, and The Flinn Gallery. In addition to her studio practice, Lederer also currently teaches classes and workshops at LaGuardia Community College, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Women’s Studio Workshop, Lower East Side Printshop, Manhattan Graphics Center, and Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Guest Artist in Print Program (GAPP) invites contemporary artists working in print media for a one week residency at UT to develop a new print project with the assistance of print faculty and students. In addition to presenting a public lecture, visiting artists directly engage with undergraduate and graduate students through studio visits, workshops, and/or class visits.
Since 1979 GAPP has invited notable contemporary artists such as, Luis Camnitzer, Squeak Carnwath, Karl Wirsum, and Judith Linhares, to create new work in the UT print shops alongside students. This unique program encourages and expands the dialogue about contemporary print at UT while also fostering an invaluable collaborative exchange of ideas, print methods, techniques, and processes.