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Lipzin, Janis

Interviewee: Janis Lipzin
Interviewers: Stephen Silha and Eric Slade
Date of interview: 2009
Extent: 56 minutes, 4 seconds

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Based in Sonoma County, California, media artist Janis Crystal Lipzin, has been making art in virtually every form of reproducible media for nearly forty years and has kindled creative sparks in generations of students at the San Francisco Art Institute where she taught for three decades. Her installations, video sculpture, photography, films, audio, artist books, and media performance works have confronted an array of subjects such as pyromania, prehistoric murder, pesticide abuse, reproductive rights, immigration, and mortality. In her recent digital films, she collaborates with photo-chemistry as a dance partner, sometimes leading, sometimes following, as she blends an enduring interest in nature's volatile events with a sympathy for film's tactile response to light. Her work has been recognized by exhibits at hundreds of international venues including the Venice Biennale, Pompidou Museum, the New Museum, the Whitney Museum's 2017 Dreamlands show, MoMA, National Gallery of Art, Edinburgh Film Festival, and by 3 Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. and a grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation.

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