Lisa Chernoff Artist Statement and Biography

Working in fused glass almost magically places me in the present, the here and now; some call it the “zone”.  I have a necessity to extract, coax and move each sculpture from my imagination into existence.  I am compelled to see the end result. Glass, as it is being layered, worked and shaped, never ceases to withhold its’ element of surprise.  This may be why the end result; the completed sculpture, continues to exude its’ element of surprise long after it has found its destination in the home of its new owner.  As an explorer and experimenter in kiln fused glass sculpture, I most often gain my inspiration from the nature around me.

 

Through bold experimentation, my more recent work has taken on an earthy and raw quality.  For example, by chemically altering the glass surface during the first firing, I am able to create deep textural pits that mimic the cratering in lava rock, thus producing a rich and complex satin and glossy surface.  My intense and unreserved use of color, combined with subtle geometric patterning, along with metal and crushed stone inclusions are my most often used “ingredients” when creating my sculptures.  With the thematic use of these elements, my artistic signature, I want to evoke a serene feeling with flowing movement, deep subtle layers and balanced asymmetry.  It is difficult to perceive the deep textures and dimensionality when viewing my work on line or in photos so a live viewing is a must.

I am a native born New Mexican and have lived in Placitas since 1992.  I began exploring and experimenting in fused glass in 1997 and started working full time with glass in 1998.

 

Selected Juried and Invitational Shows and Corporate Installations

 

2012

 

Dancing with Dragons,  NM Arts Alliance –  Albuquerque,  NM

New Mexico Celebrates Glass, Ruidoso Council for the Arts – Ruidoso, NM

REEVEMEDICAL, Reception Area – Albuquerque, NM

 

2011

L. Chernoff, a Retrospective, (solo) Placitas Community Library – Placitas, NM

Arte de Tres Amigas, Rockin’ R Gallery – Placitas, NM

Placitas Artist Series, 4 Person Exhibition – Placitas, NM

 

2010

Glass Act Festival Art Walk, featured artist, Occasions Gallery – Scottsdale, AZ

Placitas Artist Series, 4 Person Exhibition – Placitas, NM

 

2009

Placitas Artist Series, 4 Person Exhibition – Placitas, NM

Festival Art Walk, Occasions Gallery – Scottsdale, AZ

 

2008

Glasswork, (solo) Sumner and Dene – Albuquerque, NM

Placitas Artist Series, 4 Person Exhibition – Placitas, NM

 

2007

Festival Art Walk, featured artist, Occasions Gallery – Scottsdale, AZ

Office Complex of V. Wroblewski, D.D.S. – Albuquerque, NM

– Reception area and 5 treatment room installations

 

2006

Festival Art Walk, featured artist, Occasions Gallery – Scottsdale, AZ

 

2005

Face to Face, Corrales Bosque Gallery – Corrales, NM

Nina Bean Memorial Foundation Art Show – Albuquerque, NM

 

2004

Tenth Anniversary, Corrales Bosque Gallery – Corrales NM

Nina Bean Memorial Foundation Art Show – Albuquerque, NM

 

2003

Nina Bean Memorial Foundation Art Show – Albuquerque, NM

 

2002

Let There Be Light, South Broadway Cultural Center – Albuquerque, NM

NM Glass Artist Association 20th Annual Show (1st place) – Albuquerque, NM

Nina Bean  Memorial Foundation Art Show – Albuquerque, NM

 

2001

Invoking the Source, Weyrich Gallery – Albuquerque, NM

NM Glass Artist Association 19th Annual Show (2nd place)- Albuquerque, NM

 

2000

18th Annual Juried Glass Art, NM Glass Artist Association – Albuquerque, NM

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