Using simple tools and materials commonly found in a painter’s studio, artist Lisa Hamilton constructs images, sculptures, and short videos that question the limits of perception, the transmission of meaning, and the relationship between the spectator and the visual object. In recent investigations, she engages the formal language of abstraction, color theory, and the psychological dynamics of seeing to examine the point where observation and participation meet. Here, she proposes, is the critical site where form yields content. In her work, experiments in perception, intellectual inquiry, emotion, and material invention converge to generate meaning through the experience of looking.
Trained formally as a painter at Cooper Union (BFA, 1996) and Hunter College (MFA, 2003) Hamilton has been the recipient of a Fellowship in Painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Art Action Kyoto, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts. She has had solo exhibitions in New York and Kyoto, exhibited her work at the National Academy Museum, the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, and in exhibitions in Tokyo, Berlin, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Mexico City amongst other locations. Hamilton’s work has been reviewed in Art in America, The New York Times, and The Brooklyn Rail. She currently teaches at SUNY Purchase College and Marymount Manhattan College. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Hamilton has lived and worked in New York City since 1992.