Saturday, Nov 17, 2018

Visiting Artist: Marie Lorenz


Lighthouse Works is pleased to welcome Marie Lorenz to Fishers Island for the weekend of November 17, 2018 as part of our Visiting Artist Program.

In addition to conducting critical studio visits with our fellows, Marie will be presenting her work at an Artist Talk which is open to the public on Saturday, November 17 at 5pm. The talk will take place at Lighthouse Works which is located just west of Silver Eel Cove, where our ferry makes port, and north of the intersection of Hound Lane and Greenwood Road.

*New York-based artist Marie Lorenz has been exploring and documenting urban waterfronts for many years. In 2005 she started her Tide and Current Taxi, taking participants through New York City using only the tide, in a boat that she designed and built. Her artwork has been shown internationally, from High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California, to MoMA PS1, in New York City. She has completed solo projects at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England, and Jack Hanley Gallery, in New York, among others. In 2008 she was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize for the American Academy in Rome. Her work has been the subject of dissertations, articles, and reviews, most recently an essay by Robert Sullivan in the Winter Issue of A Public Space.

  • Our Visiting Artist Program invites nationally recognized artists to Fishers Island to engage in a critical dialogue with our fellows and to present their work to our community. An invaluable resource to our fellows and community alike, the Visiting Artist Program seeks to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art and writing.



Marie Lorenz (b. 1973, lives and works in New York City) roots her work in exploration and narrative. Since 2002, Lorenz has been traveling various urban waterways in boats she designs and builds, collecting the tidal debris that accumulates in the harbor. From these floating vantage points, the artist cultivates new perspectives of otherwise familiar landscapes. Lorenz makes videos and installations that document and respond to the debris and discarded objects she encounters. Through printing, casting, or videotaping, Lorenz attempts "to un-know the metropolis by continually exploring it." The resulting works act as a visual equivalent of beach-combing and tell the story of the artist’s explorations in “collaboration” with the tide, as well as the connections she forges with her occasional passengers.

Recent solo exhibitions include Waterways, at the Susanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery at Bennington College, Vermont, Tide and Current Taxi, at the Rib Gallery, in Rotterdam. Recent group shows include The Sorcerer’s Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn, at The Contemporary, in Austin, Texas, Wanderlust, at the University of Buffalo Art Gallery, in Buffalo, New York. Lorenz is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a 2021 Creative Capital Awardee. She received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Yale.

Lorenz received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Yale, where she currently teaches in the Painting Department.