Tripoli Gallery

Raina, 2009
Mixed media on wood
36 x 48 inches

Understanding Your Own Set, 2009
Mixed media on wood
30 x 35 3/4 inches

Skeptical, 2009
Mixed media on wood
29 3/4 x 24 inches

Landscape, 2009
Mixed media on wood
30 1/4 x 40 1/4 inches

Taking Care, 2008
Ink on paper
46 3/4 x 65 1/4 inches

Double Vision, 2009
Ink on paper
30 x 22 1/5 inches

Raina, 2007
Ink on paper
22 x 30 inches

Jealousy, 2008
Ink on paper
47 1/2 x 31 3/4 inches

Peacock, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Taline, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Professor, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Little Girl, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Exchange of Knowledge for Youth, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Acrobat, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Yawn, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Monkey Painting, 2009
Oil on canvas
50 x 37 inches

My Favorite Tree, 2009
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches

Seeing Through the Dark, 2009
Oil on canvas
50 x 37 inches

Too Many People, 2009
Photo drawing
21 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches

Portrait Painting, 2009
Photo drawing
21 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches

Looking For His Body, 2009
Photo drawing
21 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches

Infinite Blinding Beam

Lola Montes

August 1 ‐ August 20, 2009

Film, photo, painting, drawing, and sculpture are all mediums affected by light and they can be used to demonstrate how luminosity is displaced and directed onto various surfaces.

Having graduated from the Cooper Union, in the spring 2008, after applying twice and excepted the third time under a pseudonym, Lola Montes Schnabel continues to explore the mixed media she has always used to portray her vision. Working with different mediums throughout her lifetime, including film, video, paintings and drawings, Lola’s innate fascination with light and its effects have been the premise of the development for this body of work.

"The show was about color and inventive ideas for capturing light on a surface and the materials used to do so. Whether they be matte or shiny, opaque or transparent, each technique helps me understand the mystery of light," explains Ms. Schnabel

The title of the exhibition, "Infinite Blinding Beam”, has personal significance to the artist. "It is spiritual and comes from a text I was reading and is significant to the work in the show," she says.

Lola studies the affect that light has on different surfaces and its involvement with different mediums, by using a number of innovative techniques to create the pieces in this exhibit.

In one study, coating wood panels with gesso, Lola applies a pink translucent material called plaster mold, which is normally used to prevent molding on walls. Her line drawings then go on top of the prepared panel with white shellac ink. 

In another study, Disappearing Ink Drawings, Lola further analyzes the concept of using white to draw. Here, using white ink on antique baby blue paper, she doses her drawing with iodine, which is absorbed by the paper and the ink. While drying takes place, the iodine eats away at the dense white lines of the drawing, creating a unique separation of texture and color.

In a study of photo grams, or Lola Grams, Lola draws with red marker on acetate which is then made into photos by shining light through the plastic surface onto a matte photo paper for a series of seconds. The red marker is then cross-processed, becoming a vibrant green tone, while the background becomes a deep, reddish amber space that the drawing seems to float in.

Lola Montes
Raina, 2009
Mixed media on wood
36 x 48 inches

Lola Montes
Understanding Your Own Set, 2009
Mixed media on wood
30 x 35 3/4 inches

Lola Montes
Skeptical, 2009
Mixed media on wood
29 3/4 x 24 inches

Lola Montes
Landscape, 2009
Mixed media on wood
30 1/4 x 40 1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Taking Care, 2008
Ink on paper
46 3/4 x 65 1/4 inches

Lola Montes
Double Vision, 2009
Ink on paper
30 x 22 1/5 inches

Lola Montes
Raina, 2007
Ink on paper
22 x 30 inches

Lola Montes
Jealousy, 2008
Ink on paper
47 1/2 x 31 3/4 inches

Lola Montes
Peacock, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Lola Montes
Taline, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Lola Montes
Professor, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Lola Montes
Little Girl, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Lola Montes
Exchange of Knowledge for Youth, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Lola Montes
Acrobat, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Lola Montes
Yawn, 2009
Iodine and white ink on paper
22 x 18 inches

Lola Montes
Monkey Painting, 2009
Oil on canvas
50 x 37 inches

Lola Montes
My Favorite Tree, 2009
Oil on canvas
30 x 24 inches

Lola Montes
Seeing Through the Dark, 2009
Oil on canvas
50 x 37 inches

Lola Montes
Too Many People, 2009
Photo drawing
21 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches

Lola Montes
Portrait Painting, 2009
Photo drawing
21 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches

Lola Montes
Looking For His Body, 2009
Photo drawing
21 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches