LORNA BIEBER: Traces

Eden (detail)
Eden (detail)

November 5 – December 18, 2016

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 5, 7-9pm
Art Crawl: Tuesday, November 15, 3pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, November 16, 2:30pm
The exhibition and events are free admission.

Click here for a pdf of the exhibition catalog.

Lorna Bieber creates hauntingly beautiful images out of found photographs that she then manipulates through an elaborate process of photocopying, enlarging, painting and collaging. The result is a series of grainy, black and white images of trees, flowers, animals, houses, and the occasional human figure, produced either as large single-image photographic murals or as wall-sized montages.

Three Birds / Front View gelatin silver print 50" x 65" © Lorna Bieber 2000-1  Lorna Bieber 2000-1
Three Birds / Front View, Gelatin Silver Print, 50 x 65″
© Lorna Bieber 2000-2001


LORNA BIEBER: Traces
includes ten of the artist’s murals and four of her montages produced between 1999 and 2015. Bieber began using stock photographs as the basis of her art while working as a photo editor at a large-circulation magazine in New York in the late 1980s. Drawn to the seeming universality of these stock images, she developed a technique of photocopying the pictures in black and white, enlarging them, painting and drawing on them, and repeating the process until the images were transformed into something entirely unique, personal, mysterious and quietly dramatic.

Feathered Branch Silver Print44Óx68Ó © Lorna Bieber2005-6
Feathered Branch, gelatin silver print, 68 x 44 in.
© Lorna Bieber 2005-2006


Artist Biography
Selected solo exhibitions include: George Eastman Museum; Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; Addison Gallery of American Art; Bronx Museum. Selected group exhibitions include: Smithsonian American Art Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; P.S. 1, Long Island City. Selected collections include: Metropolitan Museum of Art; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University; Bibliothèque nationale de France; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Mount Holyoke College Art Museum; Norton Museum of Art. Selected honors include: Fellow, The Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Study & Conference Center; Fellow, The MacDowell Colony; Fellow, Yaddo; Fellow, Bogliasco Foundation.

Above: Eden, archival toner on archival paper, 8 x 24 ft. (158 individual 17 x 11 in. prints), 2012-2013; Top: Eden (detail); ©Lorna Bieber
Eden, electrostatic prints, 120 x 330 in., ©Lorna Bieber 2012-2013

LORNA BIEBER: Traces and the 2016-2017 Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery schedule are made possible by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Staller Center.

Click for a feature and an exhibition review in The Woven Tale Press.

Click here for an exhibition review in Don’t Take Pictures.