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Lisa Fromartz’s art is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, private, public and corporate collections. Featured in exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, Fromartz does painting, sculpture and prints. She has hosted studio visits for MoMA's Junior Associates and Christie’s Education and has recently been featured in art/REAL, EuropeNow and Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Fromartz’s New York street art, her first public art project, consisted of thirty 10 foot paintings on paper glued to parking lot walls from Wall Street to Midtown. Graphic and colorful, the pieces were composed for a fast read on a busy street. They confronted racism, homelessness, foreign policy, women’s rights and love in the information age, and garnered New York and European television and press. During a show of Fromartz’s paintings in Amsterdam, the Dutch foundation, De Achterstraat, commissioned her to do a public art project on the 500th Anniversary of the Dutch Golden Age. The birth of modern colonialism was the focus of her six widely publicized murals, installed on walls of Seventeenth Century landmark buildings around the city of Hoorn, Holland.

Fromartz’s sculpture began with a mobile. On a break and under a beach umbrella, she cut into a piece of paper, and watched a two dimensional plane become three. Intrigued with potentially dynamic, unfamiliar materials, she was compelled to begin working on sculpture assemblages. Fromartz’s small and large-scale sculpture led to several groups of collage and photo-based limited edition prints, including the panoramic Amazu series. After making work that utilized a vocabulary of mass media imagery and geometric elements, Fromartz felt the urge to work purely with paint again, spurring a group of large abstract paintings. She is currently working on new paintings as well as a sculpture commission.

Fromartz has been the recipient of three grants from the Puffin Foundation for her street art project and the Justice/Injustice project, and has received grants internationally for her public art project in Holland. A continuing personal dialectic of art and politics remains at the root of her practice. Born in Brooklyn, she attended Cooper Union and Pratt Institute. Lisa Fromartz lives and works in New York City.

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THE WORK

All of my work is an expression of my process of constantly questioning my relationship to the visual images and content I encounter daily. I take commercial materials, found objects, and printed images, all culturally coded by their original, intended contexts, and recombine them in a kind of visual mash-up, a remix of unintended juxtapositions that assigns new value and meaning. Collage and assemblage as compositional strategies allow me to be improvisational as well as intentional. My process of selecting and sifting these images and objects is my way of being mindful in the face of an expanding universe of information aimed at shaping our thoughts and emotions.

My work is an attempt to reflect both the complexity and the connectedness of everything in a way that is visually powerful enough to engage the viewer while subverting ordinary perceptions. Artistic practice is visible but not foregrounded as my primary focus. My choice, as an artist, to engage in a daily struggle to make sense of things and to express it in two and three dimensions, while potentially interesting in and of itself, does not take me where I want to go. I want my work to express both the impossibility of fully understanding our predicament and the passionate desire to confront it, to see what's in front of us with clear eyes and a sense of wonder, and to imagine the rest. I want the viewer to be more than edified. I want her to be moved.