Artist: Lora Jost
Opening: Saturday, May 15th, 6-9pm (with a musical performance by Brad Hoopes) The show continues weekends May 15th through June 22nd, noon - 6p.
Join Lora for an all-ages art-making workshop: Saturday, June 12th, 2-4 pm. $5 donation for materials is welcome. For more information, and to RSVP for the workshop, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Drop-ins are welcome.
Lora Jost is drawn to themes that are mundane, whimsical, and socially urgent, and likes to mix them around to find how they link in spirit. While based on experiences, her images are never realistic-looking; a bit of fantasy always comes into play. And sometimes she abandons “reality” altogether by creating characters in scenes that are fully imaginary. But even these are intended to say something tangible about how special (or beautiful or infuriating or ridiculous) this ordinary old world really is.
Jost’s exhibit will include work that she has made in three media: collage, clayboard, and mosaic. She is interested in the way that her work in one media influences her work in another. Making painted mosaic-like patterns in her collages grew out of the textures she was making in scratchboard. Then one day her brother, also an artist, said to her, “Why don’t you make mosaics?” And now she loves making mosaics, and is finding herself incorporating pieces of cloth that look like mosaic tiles into her collages.
About the artist:
Lora Jost is a freelance artist with a studio in Lawrence, Kansas. She teaches collage and sketchbook journaling classes at the Lawrence Arts Center, leads projects with community groups, illustrates, and writes.
Jost received an MFA in 1992, with an emphasis in nonstatic forms, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked as an artist in residence, including several residencies in Glasco, Kansas, with support from the Kansas Arts Commission. She co-authored, with Dave Loewenstein, Kansas Murals: A Traveler’s Guide (2006, University Press of Kansas), funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kansas Arts Commission, recognized as a Kansas Notable Book 2007 by the Kansas Center for the Book.