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Studio Visit - Lola Rose Thompson | Tappan Residency

Studio Visit - Lola Rose Thompson | Tappan Residency

Lola Rose Thompson | Tappan Residency

 

From November 2017 to February 2018, artist Lola Rose Thompson joined us in our Downtown studio residency program. Installed in the upstairs floor, Thompson created a color-filled wonderland, reflective of the artist’s signature psychedelic aesthetic.

We sat down with Lola to talk about the affect her time in the Tappan residency program had upon her practice and the works she created in the process….

 

Lola Rose Thompson says

“The kinetic energy of walking to the studio from my apartment in MacCarthur Park most mornings really helped me solidify some of the ideas for the body of work I’m currently working on, and helped me to arrive every morning feeling fresh and ready to work.”

 

 

 

 

 

“Being in residency in Downtown was such a joy. I was able to walk to work for the first time.....ever. Walking in LA is such a rare luxury, but it really allows even an LA native like me to see the city in a completely different way and really experience it full force, with all its beauty and idiosyncrasy and hideousness right in your face! The kinetic energy of walking to the studio from my apartment in MacCarthur Park most mornings really helped me solidify some of the ideas for the body of work I’m currently working on, and helped me to arrive every morning feeling fresh and ready to work. It also didn’t hurt that there were quite a lot of flowers blooming en route. I admit, I did do a bit of flower thieving....although I prefer to think of it more as pruning....if you know how to pick flowers the right way you actually encourage more blooms! But try to explain that to some homeowner drinking their morning coffee seeing a rascally artist type wielding scissors in their front yard....it doesn’t always go over so well.


The building itself was designed originally as artist studios, and it just had this amazing energy.....like a lot of good work has been done here. I also loved being around artists with completely different working styles than mine - I find the way Martinet and Texereau work so incredible to watch - it’s magical, psychic, they are so entwined.”

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About Lola Rose Thompson

Lola Rose Thompson was born in Studio City, CA and now lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She studied sculpture at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA from Otis College of Fine Arts. Thompson’s work employs metaphor, simile, metonymy, and other literary devices to create conceptual proximity between disparate things, and to editorialize and re-contextualize the objects she makes or finds. She is interested in the idea that objects can receive and transmit information that they may or may not contain; and moreover, that these objects have vast stores of data that may be difficult to see. The drawings, sculptures, and installations she makes are often accompanied by text; lengthy, prose-like titles that imply or describe the multiple connotative potentials of objects and words, which have previously been veiled by their exhaustive utility. She describes her work as “an invitation to the party,” encouraging the viewer to personally identify with the subjects of her works.

STATEMENT

"I am interested in the idea that objects can receive and transmit information that they may or may not contain; and moreover, that these objects have vast stores of data and figures, that may be difficult to see. The drawings, sculptures, and installations I make are often accompanied by text; lengthy, prose- like titles that imply or describe the multiple connotative potentials of objects and words, which have previously been veiled by their exhaustive utility. I want to create unlikely empathies, and unearth the improbable similarities shared between distant things, for example the President and the World’s Tallest Woman, magic and big government, or physics and psychics. I employ metaphor, simile, metonymy, and other literary devices to create conceptual proximity between disparate things, and to editorialize and re-contextualize the objects I make or find. I am influenced by investigative journalism, headlines, the editorializing of popular culture, magic, medicine, science, and the new age.” - Lola Rose Thompson

 

PRESS

February 2015, "Lola Rose Thompson Edits Herself," Grahpite Journal

July 2015, "Lola Rose Thompson's Dissolving Watercolor Portraits," Juxtapoz Magazine

July-August 2017, "Lola Rose Thompson: 'Flowers to Make Up for Everything,'" Curate LA

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017, Flowers to make up for everything, The Lodge. Los Angeles, CA
2016, Tappan at Platform | Spatially Speaking. Los Angeles, CA