Jerry Lainoff

Education/Teaching

1979 MFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston & Tufts University, Medford, MA
1976 MFA Assistantship, Painting Instructor, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
1974 BFA, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Selected Exhibitions

2013 Solo Exhibition, FP3 Gallery, Congress Street, Boston, MA

2013 "Color" Group Exhibition, Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA

2008 - 2015 Open Studios, Joy Street Studios, Somerville, MA

2008 - 2012 "Off The Wall", Annual Juried Exhibition, Selected Group
Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA

2008 20th Anniversary Exhibit, Founding Members Show
Brickbottom Artists Building, Somerville, MA

2001 Alumni Exhibition, Aidekman Art Gallery, Tufts University, Medford MA

1999 Fuller Triennial painting exhibition, Fuller Museum of Art, Brockton, MA

1999 "A Quiet Revolution" , Biennial Painting Exhibition,
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

1997 "3-D Color", Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston, MA

1997 Painting Exhibition – One Person Show
Bronner, Slosberg & Humphrey, Prudential Tower, Boston, MA

1995 "Symmetry/Asymmetry", group exhibition,
University Place, Cambridge, MA

1991 "Take Five" Abstract painting, group exhibition, curator
Brickbottom Artist Building, Somerville, MA

1988 - 2015 Open Studios, Brickbottom Art Studios, Somerville, MA

 

 

 

 

Jerry Lainoff
Brickbottom Artist Building

Artist Statement

For many years, I was absorbed in the structure and aesthetics of organicism in art and design throughout the 20th century. I was influenced and inspired by the biomorphic and fluid line that organicism evoked; whether in the paintings of artists such as Miro and Pollock to the sculptural and undulating qualities of artists like Noguchi and Calder.

This interest in organic design in art led me to produce a series of biomorphic abstract works employing hand cutting stencils and troweled surfaces of multi-layered optical dimensions. As I continued working this vein of picture making, my troweled surfaces became more and more thin and translucent. It was during this time that I started to explore the possible ways to achieve translucency. 

I found that by employing overlapping layered grids of acrylic gels, I could achieve the translucent effects so elusive by paint alone. Working in these grids, though effective become visually limiting. I began to shift my attention to a more objectified space. I was always drawn to geometric abstraction and influenced by artists such as Donald Judd and Ellsworth Kelly.

I produced a series of geometric abstract works during graduate school so my interest in this genre goes back many years. I began slowly making simple geometric structures and progressed to more complex geometric translucent systems. Employing acrylic gels allows me to maximize three dimensional illusion in the context of a painterly background. For the first time we can see through the object floating in space juxtaposing foreground  and background. Push-pull becomes heightened and excited. Polymer Resin is the vehicle driving the construction and the illusion of deep space allowing images to be impregnated, floating between layers of resin and acrylic painterly ground.

Born and raised in the suburbs of St Louis, MO. I graduated with a B.F.A. in painting at Washington University, St Louis. I moved to Boston, MA in 1974 and completed my M.F.A. at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1979.

In 1985, I was involved with the organizing and completion of the largest artist condominium project at that time in the country, the Brickbottom Artist Studios and Residence in Somerville, MA and, along with my wife Sylvie and sons Adrian and Theo continue to reside there. For the past eight years, I have maintained a studio space in the Joy Street Studio Building adjacent to Brickbottom in Somerville.