InLiquid presents an exhibition featuring artist member Brooke Lanier at Archer Law. The work on display places intense attention on overlooked details of the natural world, elevating mundane things like the patterns of weeds and reflections of different conditions of water to a place that demands notice. Lanier draws attention to these scenes, enlarging these often-ignored instances of intricate beauty and isolating them from the distractions of their normal surroundings. She discovers relationships of color, light, and pattern that unlock the image, making sense of something that at first seems impossibly complex and chaotic.
Lanier earned her MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art, where she spent her first year studying in Rome, Italy. She also holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited her work in Prague, Rome, New York, and across the U.S. In 2007, she received 2nd award in Volkswagen’s “Driven” competition for young artists with disabilities; the prize-winning work was inspired by her retinal detachment. She received a grant and had her work displayed in the Smithsonian Institute and the John F. Kennedy Center before going on a two-year national tour. Lanier has over five years of experience teaching drawing and painting to students of all ages and abilities, from kindergarteners to adults, beginners to advanced college students. In 2017, Lanier will be exhibiting her artwork at The Bazemore Gallery in Manayunk, PA; Dedee Shattuck Gallery in Westport, MA; Gross McCleaf Gallery in Philadelphia, PA; and 535 Gallery in Rochester, MN.