THE BURDEN OF MEMORY ESSAY BY CYNDI CONN, Executive Director of Creative Santa FeAUGUST 2017

For days, weeks, and often months, Santa Fe and Los Angeles-based artist Lawrence Fodor meticulously re-creates historic masterpieces. He analyzes the composition, structure, color, symbolism, and meaning of venerated artists including Rubens, Michelangelo, Ramey, and Greco-Roman sculpture.  Fodor exquisitely paints two precise masterpieces as one spellbinding diptych. He then obscures one of the paintings into complete abstraction. In Fodor’s paintings the past is reconfigured, narratives are obliterated, and tragedies of the past whisper the possibilities of future transformation. . . 

The Beauty in Painting: A Time After Time SUN VALLEY PROPERTY NEWSAugust 2017 Issue

Lawrence Fodor is a man who knows no boundaries in the field of art. His bio says he began painting at 10 years old. He has a BFA from the Otis Art Institute of Los Angeles and though a good deal of his life has been spent making abstract paintings, his degree is in both paint­ing and printmaking. His talent stems from a deep and very broad arts education not so common for an abstract painter, and his career is both celebrated and extensive. . .

'ECLIPSE: OBSCURED MEMORIES' TO OPEN AUGUST 4 LAWRENCE FODOR'S NEWEST BODY OF WORK01 JUNE 2017

'Historic works of art and significant celestial events have thrilled my imagination since I was quite young. I have drawn in museums from paintings and sculptures and I continue to explore, investigate and dissect historic and contemporary art. I have chased a solar eclipse, watched meteor showers through the night, experienced multiple lunar eclipses and seen ancient notations of these kinds of events on the walls of canyons and caves. I am always looking – everywhere – in an attempt to see,' says artist Lawrence Fodor. . .

A Family Wellness Odyssey: Arianna Huffington, Agapi Stassinopoulos & Isabella Huffington Sun Valley Property NewsJune 2017 Issue

Arianna Huffington, her sister, Agapi Stassinopoulos, and Huffington's daughter, Isabella, are all wellness advocates. The sisters inherited a solid spiritual foundation from their mother, who incorporated yoga and meditation into their Athens household. They will both be sharing their views about welness at this year's Sun Valley Wellness Festival, while Isabella simultaneously showcases an exhibit at Friesen Gallery in Ketchum. . .

Not making time for sleep? Arianna Huffington says it's fuel for success. IDAHO STATESMAN23 MAY 2017

Arianna Huffington will speak at the 20th Annual Sun Valley Wellness Festival on Memorial Day Weekend. ​Huffington’s sister, Agapi Stassinopoulos, clairvoyant and author of Unbinding the Heart, also will speak, and Huffington’s daughter, Isabella, will exhibit her artwork at Friesen Gallery, 320 1st Ave. N., Ketchum. The show Tiny Beautiful Things will be on display through Saturday, June 10. . .

Isabella Huffington Takes Millennial’s Look at World Eye On Sun Valley23 MAY 2017

Isabella Huffington’s Tiny Beautiful Things are like looking at a kaleidoscope. From a distance they resemble colorful kaleidoscopes that appear to be abstract paintings or mixed media pieces made up of extremely detailed geometric patterns. When viewers zoom in up close, they resemble kaleidoscopes filled with exhausting repetitions of tiny pictures of everyday objects like Lincoln pennies and champagne bottles. 'You can get lost in them,' said Gallery Owner Andria Friesen. 'They’re evocative and exquisite.' . . . 

Lakewood woman will be running in the Boston Marathon The News Tribune15 APRIL 2017

Susan Russell Hall smiles when she runs. She exudes joy. She’s grateful for every stride of a running career that didn’t start until her second half century. 'You’re never too old to have a second childhood,' Hall said.
Hall started running in 2009. This year, the 60-year-old Lakewood resident is qualified to run four of the six World Marathon Majors, starting with Monday’s Boston Marathon. Up next will be Berlin, Chicago and New York. She hopes to eventually add Tokyo and London. . .

Scape: Lawrence Fodor Artillery Magazine30 March 2017

While abstract art often begins with inspiration and develops spontaneously, Lawrence Fodor approaches his canvasses in a different manner, basing his paintings on historic works. Loosely connected to abstract expressionism, Fodor works in a style in which non-specific figurative components dominate his paintings. Early in his career, he spent numerous hours among great master paintings and sculptures in European museums, copying laboriously. He has long admired Peter Paul Rubens, Jean-Étienne Ramey, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Leonardo Da Vinci, Théodore Géricault, JMW Turner, the Laocöon, and ancient Greco-Roman sculptures. . .

Arianna Huffington's Artist Daughter Town & Country29 March 2017

Like her media mogul mom Arianna, Isabella Huffington shares a passion for communicating. However, instead of revolutionizing the way we consume news, her preferred medium of breaking boundaries is collage art. 'For most people, the idea of doing an oil painting or a sculpture is very threatening, but the idea of doing collage is something we all did as kids,' says Huffington, who describes her process as 'collapsing the boundaries of fine art and the everyday.' . . .

Friesen Gallery Celebrates 30 Years IDAHO MT. EXPRESS04 JANUARY 2017

In 1986, now Sun Valley resident Andria Friesen was directing an art gallery in Nevada when she decided to strike out on her own. 'I’m not too proud to say I didn’t know anything when I started at 26. I don’t know why someone didn’t say, What are you doing?' she told the Idaho Mountain Express in a 2011 interview. 'I’m glad I didn’t, because knowing what I know now, there’s no way I would have done it.' . . .

'LUSTRARE' AT FRIESEN
'LUSTRARE' AT FRIESEN A SOLO EXHIBITION BY ARTIST NICOLE CHESNEY1 December 2016

This December, Friesen Gallery embarks on its thirtieth year, an anniversary traditionally represented by the pearl. To mark the occasion the Gallery will showcase an exceptional new body of work entitled 'Lustrare' from artist Nicole Chesney. Widely recognized for her oil paintings on etched, mirrored glass, Chesney acts with mastery, using the properties of light and reflection to cultivate a sense of seductive mystery and profound beauty. In addition to her site-specific large-scale commissions for 7 World Trade Center in New York City and Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, Chesney’s paintings are exhibited and collected internationally. Awards received by this impressive artist include the UrbanGlass Award for New Talent, The Corning Museum of Glass Rakow Commission and a Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation Supporting Award. 'Lustrare' is a luminous celebration of this milestone in Friesen’s history.

PHRANC'S TOYS! SUN VALLEY PROPERTY NEWSJANUARY 2017 ISSUE

Toys. The great unifying force. Who doesn’t break into a grin at the memory of a favorite childhood plaything? Even the terrible Burgermeister Meisterburger had a softening moment when handed a yoyo in the holiday classic, Santa Claus is Coming to Town. If these past few months have you feeling a little Bergermeister-ish, be sure to attend Phranc’s 'TOYS' show, part of Friesen Gallery’s 30th anniversary celebration on December 29. 'Making toys for this show let me time travel,' says Phranc. 'I have created toys that I once had. Toys I wished for but never got. Toys my father had. Toys my brother had. Toys my friends had. Toys that I dreamed of having.' . . .

PRESTON SINGLETARY TO PRODUCE EXHIBITION WITH MUSEUM OF GLASS 'Raven and the Box of Daylight'TO OPEN IN 2018

Raven and the Box of Daylight is the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. The exhibition, which features a dynamic combination of artwork, story-telling, and encounter, takes visitors on an experiential journey with Raven, and the transformation of darkness into light. Artworks by Preston Singletary, inspired by the creation myth and Tlingit art, are enhanced by exhibition text and audiovisual experiences. . .

SUMMER OF GLASS AT CROCKER MUSEUM SQUARECYLINDER4 August 2016

'Glass for the New Millennium: Masterworks from the Kaplan Ostergaard Collection' highlights contemporary studio glass works from around the world. Strong works, all abstract, come from Jan Exnar, Steve Klein, Nicole Chesney and Claire Falkenstein, (the subject of a retrospective coming to Crocker this fall). Of these, Chesney’s 'The Soul of a Breath' stands out. Bathed in shimmering gold, grey and silver, the four panels of the piece change color anamorphically as you move from side to side. Bubbles on the surface, along with spectral amoeba shapes dusted in chalky white, evoke a living ecosystem whose vaporous quality calls to mind Turner and Rothko. . .

Preston Singletary at Friesen Gallery8 July 2016

'For nearly three decades, Preston Singletary has straddled two unique cultures, melding his Tlingit ancestry with the dynamism of the Studio Glass movement. In the process he created an extraordinarily distinctive and powerful body of work that interprets cultural and historical images in richly detailed, beautifully hued glass.' — Melissa G. Post, Former Curator at the Museum of Glass (Tacoma, WA)

MAESTRO LINO TAGLIAPIETRA ON FRIESEN GALLERY 'A Fascinating Spot in Sun Valley'JANUARY 2016

Friesen Gallery is known for setting remarkable exhibitions and for sharing the meaning and value of art in the world. Andria Friesen and the gallery staff work everyday to showcase incredible work by talented creators and arrange different shows to meet the artists and explore their work. 'Lino is important on so many global levels. He has changed the future of glassblowing forever. He is a true artist,' says gallery owner, Andria Friesen. . .

Chaco Canyon: Wandering the Past in the Present By Lawrence FodorDecember 2015

Lawrence Fodor recounts his camping, hiking and creative journey to Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico with five other artists in May 2015. A descriptive and illustrated narrative that includes entries drawn from his journal, photographs he took and watercolors he painted on location in Chaco Canyon and the surrounding mesas. There is magic at work in Chaco Canyon.
It is enigmatic, powerful and sustained. . .

Ethereal Afterlight: Friesen Gallery Introduces Sun Valley to Nicole Chesney SUN VALLEY PROPERTY NEWSAUGUST 2015 ISSUE

When Andria Friesen took me to a back room of her gallery where two works by Nicole Chesney hung on a wall, I felt as though I was let in on a secret. In front of me was an otherworldly, glowing, seemingly alive painting. The subtle transformation that developed from varying degrees of shade and angle gripped me. I stayed there for 20 minutes playing with the light switch and moving around the room as my field of vision and perception of depth and color changed. . .

ISABELLA HUFFINGTON DEBUTS AT FRIESEN GALLERY
ISABELLA HUFFINGTON DEBUTS AT FRIESEN GALLERY SUN VALLEY WELLNESS FESTIVAL5 MAY 2015

Huffington’s works are surely reminiscent of these two glorious icons and yet uniquely hers with Sharpie-colored shapes furiously buzzing in highly detailed patterns. Her swarms of images are reminiscent of both organic clusters and feverish hallucinations. 'I like using one idea, like birds or circles, and morphing and stretching it across many different pieces and seeing how it can change and be reimagined,' says the artist. . .

APPARATUS: IN A PAINTING STUDIO By Lawrence FodorJANUARY 2015

Look around a painter's studio – it will be a reflection of the painter – a mirror of the way the artist sees, hears, thinks and relates to the world and his surrounds. This collection of photographs of studio vignettes and trenchant impressions in the studio of Lawrence Fodor is accompanied by an insightful essay on the artist's work and process by Aline Brandauer and quotes by the artist. . .

IT HAPPENED IN SUN VALLEY: PHRANC AT FRIESEN SUN VALLEY PROPERTY NEWSJANUARY 2015 ISSUE

Visual artist and musician Phranc is as iconic as the art she creates. Rising to fame on the Los Angeles punk rock scene in the 1980s, Phranc toured as the opening act for many well-known bands of the era, including a long stretch with Morrissey (The Smiths). While better known then for her musical prowess, Phranc was also making her mark as an emerging pop artist with shows in New York and L.A. These days, Phranc is is still producing music, and her paper and cardboard sculptural art is gaining serious traction, with comparisons to the work of Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. . .

Art Glass Offers Clear Advantages to Collectors THE WALL STREET JOURNAL21 September 2014

Since the launch of the Studio Glass movement in the 1960s, glass has slowly crossed the species barrier from craft to fine art. Today, examples of glass art include bright colors and arresting shapes, works that resemble paintings in glass, and objects both strange and familiar encased in glass. There are newer artists as well whose pieces fetch prices from $5,000 to $15,000, including Amber Cowan, whose floral hangings use recycled mid-century pressed glass, Norwood Viviano, whose castings map the decline of industrial cities including his hometown of Detroit, and
Nicole Chesney, who paints mirrored glass plates evoking stormy skies. . .

NICOLE CHESNEY AT MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON A contemporary take on landscape in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art16 AUGUST 2014 – 30 JUNE 2018

This new installation in the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art’s Eunice and Julian Cohen Galleria offers a contemporary spin on landscape art. Ten works, including sculptures, paintings, installation, and video art, present contemporary art as the latest chapter in the story of landscape art through the ages, as told by the MFA’s encyclopedic collection. Works include a number of new acquisitions that have never before been on view, as well as new commissions by Jason Middlebrook and Anne Lindberg. Other works on view in the installation include 'Garrowby Hill' (1998) by David Hockney and 'Verity (magenta blue), Repose, and Verity (blue green gray)' by Nicole Chesney. . .

AMERICA REFLECTED: NICOLE CHESNEY'S LUMINESCENCE GLASS QUARTERLY MAGAZINESUMMER 2014, #135

Capturing an ephemeral moment through which we can view our culture and ourselves, the surface treatments of the Luminists and Abstract Expressionists are similarly vulnerable in that they bear the particular markings of individual artists. Both the Luminists and the Abstract Expressionists sought to express a reflection, be it of their place, or of their inner selves, on the painting's surface. Building on both of these uniquely American approaches to painting, Rhode Island-based artist Nicole Chesney probes reflection, perception, and light in her paintings on glass, fusing a Luminist interest in light with an Abstract Expressionist focus on the psychology of an individual. . .

Ketchum Named One of ‘America’s 20 Best Small Towns’ SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINEAPRIL 2014 ISSUE

Smithsonian Magazine has named Ketchum as one of America’s 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014. 'Present-day Ketchum is a celebrated center for arts and culture in the Wood River Valley,' the article points out. 'The town is home to 20 art galleries and boasts a year-round lecture series, as well as various musical and theatrical productions at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.' . . .

AGAIN: REPETITION, OBSESSION AND MEDITATION LANNAN FOUNDATION20 APRIL 2013

AGAIN features artworks where repetition, obsession or meditation, are key elements to the artist’s process, sometimes obvious in the resulting artwork, sometimes not. Whether what compels each is expressed as a life-long obsession with a subject, a repetitive action, or a meditative practice, the artists in this exhibition – Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Lawrence Fodor, Susan York, Jorge Pardo, Chuck Close and others – repeat themes, motions, motifs and materials again and again, over and over. . .

Lawrence Fodor: NATIONAL REVIEW Art in AmericaOctober 2009

Santa Fe-based abstract painter Lawrence Fodor has shown his process-oriented work extensively on the West Coast for nearly three decades. His most recent output was the subject of two shows in Santa Fe, one last winter at the Lannan Foundation and another this summer at Linda Durham. Both venues featured Fodor’s 'Kōan Box' series, in which the artist applies layers of oil, wax and alkyd to the surfaces of cigar boxes. At Linda Durham, over 20 of these dazzling objects were interspersed with paintings from his ongoing 'Ligature' series. . .

KŌAN BOXES: PAINTINGS BY LAWRENCE FODOR T.H.E. MAGAZINEMAY 2009

Lawrence Fodor’s poetic and serene installation of Kōan Boxes at the Lannan Foundation carries us beyond reason, reconnecting us to intuition, memory, emotion, sensation and mystery. Drawing on the Buddhist practice of training the mind, these small paintings push us towards a precipice where all methods of rational or linear thought no longer function. Fodor urges us to jump into empty space, into an atmosphere where we may open our minds, our pulses, our beings. . .

Simple Complication The Santa Fe Reporter4 February 2009

Lawrence Fodor knows a strange but useful secret. It’s not a very well-hidden secret; it’s more of a wisdom that anyone can grasp from a sudden intuition or a moment of derailed thought that opens a new door. Almost like a koan. In fact, Fodor’s secret is that there is no difference between a koan—the quirky, traditional dialogue structure of Zen practice—and a painting. The best contemporary paintings elude the rational analysis that critics and curators and the like insist on leveling. Instead, these paintings persist through intuition, through disruptions of the expected, through playfulness, through the artist’s legerdemain, just as koans have been doing for well over 1,000 years. . .