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Kris Lanzer
Conceptual Artist

About my work: I am most curious about discovering ways to use metaphor in transforming the dynamics of my life into tangible forms of sculpture and installation. The materials used are dictated by the project. The transformation of these materials is defined by the process. And the process is informed by the concept that comes from the spark of an idea.
I respond to all the parts through a complex lens, of me as a poet and a naturalist. Here is the title that describes an early piece, “Rearranging a Branch According to My Rules of Nature”. I keep notes and diagrams in journals, and I take snapshots of each project’s process. Then I meditate about loss and what it inspires.

Projects & Exhibitions in Galleries, Gardens, and Residencies

January 2019, "Word Project"
Writing Residency at Wellspring House, Ashfield, MA.

Summer 2018-Summer 2019, “Responding to Changes in My Landscape”
I am the visionary for a large-scale collaborative courtyard project for “garden of sustenance” in Dover, NH.

November 2018, "Suminagashi Project"
I am practicing various techniques japanese of paper marbling in collaboration with book binder Cynthia Hinds, for the Open Studios event at the Salmon Falls Mills in Rollinsford, NH.

June 2017-2018, “Visualizing the Theatre of Love: Where Land Meets the Sea”. I was the visionary and designer for a collaborative outdoor installation project and event in midcoast Maine.

March 2018, “ArtPM Challenge” group exhibition
Make it in February, and exhibit together in March. A community effort to get out of the grip of winter! Buoy Gallery, Kittery, Maine.

March 2018, “Shift Register” group exhibition, curated by artist Shaina Gates. Foundation Artspace Gallery in Exeter, NH.

Winter 2018, “Solitude Project: Water, Flour, Salt”
I rented a quiet space to transform a selection of my journal entries into sculptural forms in Woods Hole, MA.

Winter 2018, “Seacoast Prayer Flags for Peace” a community event project that began 2017. I was the art consultant, the installer of the flags in the trees, and the facilitator of the burning ceremony. The flag project began and ended at Gateway Taiji, Qigong, and Yoga School in Portsmouth, NH.

Fall 2017-Summer 2018, “Write Here, Write Now”
I participated with the writing group Amherst Writers & Artists that meets at Aryaloka Buddhist Center in Newmarket, NH.

Fall 2017, “When the World was Flat: Journeys Then and Now” curated by artist Lynn Hassan at Long Island University Humanities Gallery, Brooklyn, New York.

Summer 2017, “Amending the Soil, Declaring the Path”
My garden project at the “garden of sustenance” in Dover, NH.

Winter 2016-Spring 2017, “Dream-Strings in the Gingko Tree”
This was a time sensitive outdoor process project with much preparation.
I suspended my sewn and painted dream-journal entries (they looked like black prayer flags) up high in a gingko tree. I left them there to fade in spring weather while the gingko’s swollen buds burst and bright green leaves unfolded. The installation ran in conjunction with “International Sculpture Day” from April into May, at Bedrock Gardens in Lee, NH.

Winter 2017, “Letters From Morpheus”
I exhibited a nightstand-top sculpture made of folded and painted dream-journal entries with a group at the Dream-A-Book exhibition at BookWorks in Asheville, NC.

Fall 2016, “Passage”, a cardboard tunnel based on a double-spiral path, leading into and out of darkness. This tunnel allowed for people to walk through, one at a time. They could enter or exit either end. I foraged all of the cardboard during a summer of drought and cut notches and tabs to connect the many pieces together to form a tunnel at the Open Art Studios event at Salmon Falls Mills, Rollinsford, NH.

August 2016, “Cardboard24” a studio project about process (and physics)
I wondered what would happen in a space (studio), with time (round the clock-24 hours), matter (cardboard), and energy (me). I sorted, organized, and cut cardboard. I discovered ways to notch, and interlock. And later developed four more projects out of “Cardboard24”. I made “interlocking sculptures”. I made “notepads” that sparked an invitation for me to instruct a How-to at a permaculture fair. I made a life size cardboard tunnel called “Passage”for people to walk through, and a “David Bowie cardboard-cutout” costume for Portsmouth’s annual and highly creative, Halloween Parade.

Spring 2016, “Pulp & Shred” zine series
I worked with artist Beth Wittenberg making our own zines at Wrong Brain Head Quarters in Dover, NH.

Summer 2015, “Thanatopsis”
This metal sculpture, animated by winds from the west, stands tall in the “Garden of Sustenance” in Dover, NH.

February 2015, "Solitude Project"
Responding to the call of the Chumash and quality of light of Malibu, CA, which translates to "place where waves sound loudly".

November 2014-November 2015, “Pulp Project”
This was the year of reviewing, sorting, shredding, and pulping. I used ten years of my art journals for this process and discovered a series of “pulp forms” and “pulp portraits”.

November 2011, “Poetry Project”
I wrote nature based poetry with the influence of Japanese Haiku. I was awarded scholarship and attended a writers residency at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.

February 2007, “Flow”
I made an interactive performance installation combining words, voices, architecture, and environment. I was awarded scholarship and attended a visual arts residency at Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.

January 2007, “In the Dead of Winter”
This installation addressed the yearning for deep sleep after enduring the chaos of the holidays. It was made from artificial christmas trees, and related materials, that I transformed and suspended at Artstream Gallery in Rochester, NH.

Summer 2006, “Considering the Space In-Between Road and Garden”
This metal sculpture, made of metal posts and recycled metal circles, runs ninety feet along the sidewalk at my home. It marks the first of the garden sculptures, at this quarter-acre urban oasis, called “garden of sustenance”, an organic-art-garden-environment in Dover, NH.

Summer 2006, “Guest Artist at Invitational Group Exhibition”
I made an outdoor installation connecting art, nature, and architecture at The Barn Gallery in Ogunquit, Maine.

Fall 2003, “Rooted Uprooted: A Walk in the Woods”
This indoor installation combined real space, made space, and dream space with the use of lighting, darkening, and transforming tree parts into sculptures at Artstream Gallery in Rochester, NH.

Summer 2000, “Sculptures and Drawings by Kris Lanzer”
This was a solo exhibition of drawings and wall mounted and suspended sculptures made of altered natural materials hosted by 55 Mercer Gallery in SOHO, New York City, NY.

Summer 1995, “Discovering Visual Vocabulary”
I was awarded assistantship to Chicago artist, Michiko Itatani, and attended with full scholarship to the Haystack Mountain School of Arts and Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.

March 1995, "Yellow Remains Constant"
I made my first installation. It was based on the concept of yellow. I used architecture, light, shadow, air currents, pompoms, paint, and monofilament line. The Art Annex, Albany, NY.

Education:

2013, Seacoast Region in NH
Certified Herbalist

2006-2009, Seacoast Hospice, Exeter, NH
Certified Hospice Volunteer

1994-1996, State University New York, Albany, NY
Master Fine Arts, Sculpture and Installation

1987, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Certified Instructor Art Education, K-12

1983-1984, Scandinavian Seminar, Sjogestad, Sweden

1981-1986, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting