Works by Lori Hanson, Meighan Davisson, and Matthew Obrakta


  • Categories: Art | Opening
  • Event posted: May 14, 2013
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

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Lori Hanson, age 27, is a painter and art advocate, living and working in Lawrence, KS. She graduated with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Kansas (KU) in 2009. Beginning at the age of 12, Lori was initially trained to draw and paint as a photorealist during her private studies through the school of Lee Hammond (an Overland Park based artist and mentor). Lori's training extended throughout high school, until she began attending the Fine Arts program at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) between 2003-2007. Her photorealistic style of painting was constantly challenged during critique and private lesson interventions. Between her studies at UCM, and her studies at KU, Lori eventually learned to break free of traditional photorealism and expand her palette of skills and content to a level that deters from conventional shapes and colors. Her style of acrylic painting now exceeds beyond what the camera can capture.

Lori's painterly style stems from the fact that she has broken free of photorealism and converted to the extreme approaches of abstraction. Criticized for being an artist who "can only paint what the camera can see," Lori has taken certain measures to free her work from the boundaries of perfectionism. Rather than taking sole control of the painting process, and striving to create an exact replica of a certain vision, Lori has removed her egotistical mindset from her work by accepting her new role as a medium between music and painting. Much of her work is created on stage with musicians and friends who "feed" the paintings with their unique sounds and musical vibrations. Lori does not step on stage with a preconceived notion of ideas for her work. She feels that as a medium, she will gather the information she needs as the music plays. Her palette of color follows suit to the rhythm and flow of the music. The cohesiveness of her body of work is not particularly seen within the surface, shapes, or colors. Rather, the connection can be found within the process of converting music into a painting. Sound has created this work. Not pictures.

Phoetry is a collaboration of typewritten poetry and alternative photography by Meighan Davisson (Poet) and Matthew Obrakta (Photographer). Every handmade piece is unique and one of a kind.


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