RIA Salon 85: Lori Victor, Japan

Hello Japan! – A Subjective Look at Contemporary Art in Japan,

from April 28th to May 21st, 2018

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 – 7.30 PM and by popular demand, Lori did a second session on Friday Nov. 8th. 

Lori writes:

I would like to share with you some of the wonderful art that I saw and experienced on a recent trip to Japan. It was my background in design that initially drew my attention to Japan, as it is a culture that represents to me, a sense of beauty, aesthetics and simplicity. Now years later, as a practicing visual artist my attention is focused on visual and cutting edge contemporary art.

My talk will cover many of the artworks and exhibits that I saw and experienced – and I mean experienced! – in Tokyo, Hakone, Kanazawa, Hiroshima, Kyoto and most importantly, the art island of Naoshima, which was an integral part of the trip. Along with numerous visuals of the art, I will offer some of my personal observations which will include information on its background, context and place where I saw it.

Lori Victor is a full-time visual artist in Ottawa, Canada, and has exhibited since 2006. Her practice includes and often integrates installation, painting, photography and video. Lori’s work questions and reflects subjects such as cultural history, identity, and the environment/climate change.  She creates hand-constructed representational or abstracted shapes and forms, and uses accessible materials like found and manipulated objects. Her abstract paintings include both organically and mechanically painted imagery. Often she uses canvas as a material – by manipulating it through cutting and folding – rather than just as a support. Much of her work evolves from system theory – the knowledge that we are all a part of a larger whole – both physically and metaphorically. 

Lori completed an MFA at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2017, and earned a BFA from the University of Ottawa in 2011.