Tell It Slant
Forever reinterpreted and re-purposed, a given place finds its relevance in the experience of being or getting there. Nemett’s work responds to the lived, remembered, and imagined histories that have become the anecdotal anchors of aged buildings, and the possibilities of what (and who) might enter the skeletons of new constructions. Based off of her own cardboard models and related drawings, her paintings piece together fragments of place and the incongruous ways we arrive at our destinations. At a slant.
Laini Nemett works with cardboard models, collage, and large-scale oil paintings to create architectural environments that explore the idea of home. She holds BAs in Visual Arts and History of Art & Architecture from Brown University and an MFA from the Leroy E. Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art. Nemett has been a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works Grant, a Queens Council on the Arts grant, a Fulbright Fellowship, and has held residencies at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans (LA), UCross Foundation (WY), Jentel Artist Residency (WY), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VA), and the Alfred & Trafford Klots International Residency (Léhon, France). Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at the Guilin Art Museum in China, SACI Gallery (Florence, Italy), This Red Door at REH Kunst (Berlin, Germany), YoungArts with JP Morgan Chase Art Collection for Miami Basel Art Week (Miami, FL) Leedy-Voulkos Art Center (Kansas City, MO), Ethan Cohen (New York, NY), Gold Coast Arts Center (Long Island, NY); Collar Works (Troy, NY), Geoffrey Young Gallery (Great Barrington, MA), VisArts (Bethesda, MD), George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), and other venues in Africa, Italy, Spain, and throughout the US. Nemett is Assistant Professor of Drawing & Painting at Union College.