Lorenz at Left Bank Books

Nov 19, 2012
A detail from Angela Lorenz’s art book "The Mansion of Thought — Making Knowledge Visual in Three Dimensions, East and West," which she will share Friday evening, Nov. 30 at Left Bank Books in Belfast.

Belfast — Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., will host international artist Angela Lorenz for a lecture on and illumination of her latest work Friday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. The event is free of charge and the public is warmly invited.

Lorenz’s latest work is titled "The Mansion of Thought — Making Knowledge Visual in Three Dimensions, East and West." More than 60 watercolor paintings give examples from cultures and religions around the world, especially those that used text to explain their ideas. The images interact in a folding picture-book that may be used to make omnipresent geometric forms such as triangles, squares, cubes, hexagons, even a house shape. Subjects range from sacred Assyrian trees to Renaissance Cabala and memory theaters; from Humanist Bibles to Buddhism, from Chinese mirrors to Mayan astronomy; and from Islamic urban planning to Jain cosmic geometry.

Lorenz has been creating highly sculptural, mixed-media limited-edition artists' books in Bologna, Italy, since 1989, but spends as much time as possible in Searsmont, where she and her gelato-maker husband Gianni Figliomeni have built a home. Lorenz's work may be found in more than 100 public collections in North America and Europe such as the Graphische Sammlung Albertina in Vienna, the Victoria & Albert's National Art Library, the British Library and Tate Library. In the United States, collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Prints and Drawings Department), the Fogg Art Museum (Prints and Drawings, Photography Departments), the Clark Art Museum, the National Gallery, the Walker Art Center and the Getty Research Center, as well as numerous university collections.

Lorenz has lectured and exhibited frequently in the United States and abroad, at beaux arts academies, universities, museums, libraries and academic conferences, at MASS MoCA, Yale, Dartmouth, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, NYU and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Lorenz has critiqued at the graduate and undergraduate level at Stanford, Wellesley, Colorado College, Mills College, RISD, Camberwell College and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, where she was resident faculty in 2007.

Copies of "The Mansion of Thought" will be available for purchase, as will her other work, "The Theater of Nature or Curiosity Filled the Cabinet," and her two collections of illustrated Cockney rhyming slang, "My Elusive Cockney Family" and "More Dicky Birds, or Cockney Rhyming Words". For more information on her work, an online archive can be found at angelalorenzartistsbooks.com. To reserve one of Lorenz’s books, stop by the shop or call 338-9009.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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