Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Coming soon....Lisa Congdon

For immediate release: Paper Boat Gallery presents

Life in WonderMountain
New work by Lisa Congdon {San Francisco}
December 5, 2008- January 11, 2009

Please join us:
Opening reception Friday, December 5th 2008 7-10pm
Artist will be in attendance from San Francisco, CA

Mountain Dweller Levi, gouache on masonite, 6"x12"

Living In Bubbles, mixed media in a shadowbox, 8"x10
Curator Statement
Like many of her fans, I first came across with work of Lisa Congdon through the blogosphere. Her online presence on art and design sites is one hard to avoid. Lisa's strong style and saturated color pallet draws the viewer in immediately. I find it difficult to look away from the work wanting to pick it a part, figure out where all the elements came from. In 2007 sent her an email hoping that we could work together and we are so excited to not only have this be her first show in Wisconsin but also a show with all new work. Lisa will be installing for a week previous to the opening and attending the reception. Please join us in welcoming Lisa Congdon to Milwaukee with her very special show- Life in WonderMountain that will incorporate wall based work as well as a site specific installation.

Visit Lisa Congdon's website at
San Francisco mixed media artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon did not begin making art until she was 33 years old; at age 40, it is now the most significant part of her life and livelihood. Aside from a painting class, Lisa is entirely self-taught. She uses her lack of training to her advantage: instead of following refined technique, she works with her own sense of color, composition and design as her guide. Lisa is most known mostly for her brightly colored, other-worldly paintings of animals and birch tree forests and her three dimensional shadowboxes that combine strange Victorian objects and ephemera with modern, graphic details.

For her upcoming December 2008 show at Paper Boat Gallery in Milwaukee—entitled Life in WonderMountain—Lisa will continue to explore the chimeric world of the WonderMountain dwellers, whose world is made up of opposites. In Lisa's first three-dimensional installation, she will portray the bizarre world of WonderMountain and its inhabitants. Using worn vintage crochet and sepia-toned photographs juxtaposed with fantastical brightly colored neon geometric details, Lisa creates an enchanted world of old and new, graphic and earthy, frightening and familiar.

Lisa's work has been shown in over eight cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Portland. Her story and work have been featured in numerous print magazines and art and design blogs, including ReadyMade, Country Living, CRAFT, design*sponge, Daily Candy, Juxtapoz, Stitch, Venus and Bitch. Her illustration clients include the National Poetry Foundation, Galison Stationary, Chronicle Books and Pottery Barn. She has a new line of stationary which will be released in the Spring of 2009 by Chronicle Books. Lisa is co-owner and gallery director at Rare Device, a popluar design shop and art gallery in located in San Francisco.

Additional information
Please contact Faythe Levine for print ready images and additional information. Read interviews with Lisa Congdon on Juxtapoz and Venus Magazine.

Paper Boat Gallery
Featuring over 250 independent artists, crafters and designs is open 7 days a week located in the Bay View neighborhood.
2375 Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI (M-F 12-7 & S/S 12-5)


amy said...

Hooray! Lisa is one of my favorites - I can't wait to see her work in person.

tinyrun said...

Oh my crap. I MUST be in attendance for this...