Art 7 Gallery: GIRLS AND GUISE by Lisa Krannichfeld
May 5 - May 28, 2018
Reception: May 5, 2018; 6 - 8pm
Fort Worth Community Arts Center is proud to present, Solo Show [Down]; Best in Show winner: GIRLS AND GUISE by Lisa Krannichfeld. The opening reception will be at Fort Worth Community Arts Center’s satellite gallery at ART7 Gallery located at 2831 W 7th St, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
Throughout history, and irrefutably still to a degree today, the story of women has been told by men. The voice of women, the depiction of women, the desires of women, were and are largely controlled by a gender that has no experience or knowledge of what it is to be female. Our government, film and advertising industries have fewer women at the table to be representatives of who women are and what we want. This certainly has consequences on what women even believe themselves about who they should be, what they should value, and how they should project themselves. This work aims to shift the amplifier to a woman telling a woman’s story. Girls and Guise references a play on words. In this context guise references both the facade created by men of the female gender, and the heavy emphasis of the patterned clothing in the pieces. Their clothes, or guises, are infused with feral and aggressive animals, a symbolic rebellion against the historical domesticated depiction of women. The jarring, faceless compositions represent any and all women who desire to define their own perspective and create their own narratives. Intentional hand gestures hint at conviction.
Lisa Krannichfeld was born and raised in Little Rock, AR in an interesting cultural mix of a Chinese family living in the American South. Her experiences growing up in these two intermixing cultures and their traditions have greatly influenced her work, which primarily focuses on the woman as its subject. Her expressive portraits refute the traditional portrayal of women being passive subjects to gaze upon, evident in their confrontational, and at times defiant expressions. Breaking traditions further, Lisa often uses traditional Chinese ink and watercolor materials in a nontraditional uncontrolled, free-flowing way often mixed with unconventional materials.
Lisa’s work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions nationally and internationally, including shows across the United States, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Most recently her work was chosen as the grand award winner in the 2017 Fort Worth Community Arts Center Juried Exhibition, and Best in Show at the 2017 Magic City Art Connection Art Fair in Birmingham, AL. This year her work was juried into ArtFields taking place in Lake City, SC in the Spring of 2018 and the prestigious upcoming 2018 60th Annual Juried Delta Exhibition at the Arkansas Arts Center. She will also have a feature in the juried Studio Visit Magazine publishing later this year.
She has been named “One To Watch” in Saatchi Art Magazine, a “Woman to Watch” by Soiree` Magazine in her home state of Arkansas, and has had work featured in Anthropologie. Her work is included in several private and corporate collections throughout her home state of Arkansas as well as in collections around the world.