Stephen Lapthisophon

SHELLS
2013
latex, glue, egg shells, coffee, pastel, and spray paint
35 x 23 x 1 inches

Stephen Lapthisophon uses the stuff of everyday life to reticulate history and food culture into paintings rich with artistic memory. For many, eggshells and coffee grounds are residual materials of the daily routine, and yet, Lapthisophon elegantly utilizes them in Shells by harmonizing the materials with latex, glue, pastel, and spray paint. This gestural- and process-driven work wonderfully blurs the line between art and life and perhaps pays homage to the egg-works of the renowned 20th century Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers that challenged the role of the artwork through their enduring concerns about form, language, and the construction of meaning. Lapthisophon is currently based in Dallas. He earned his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979 and has been exhibiting internationally ever since. Lapthisophon will open his first U.S. solo museum show at The Dallas Museum of Art this October.

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courtesy of the artist and conduit gallery, dallas
websites: www.conduitgallery.com, www.stephenlapthisophon.com