Karen Lofgren plays with perception through unusual and diversified elements with a focus on process and material. Born into counterculture participation, her childhood spent in experimental social structures has deeply influenced her practice. Ritual, history, mythology, and the construction of consciousness over time are core to her research. Through the lens of cultural and other wild systems, she combines minimal aesthetics with contemporary sculpture and considers our species outside of the human lifespan.
Lofgren, a Fulbright Core Scholar at University of Arts London, Central St. Martins College in 2017/2018, has exhibited at venues including Palm Springs Art Museum; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, CA; Pitzer Art Galleries, Claremont, CA; Royal College of Art, London, U.K.; Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Vancouver Biennale, Canada; and Ontario College of Art and Design, Canada. She has a permanent installation, also published as a book, titled "Trajectory Object c. 2000-2050”, produced with Andrea Zittel of High Desert Test Sites, located in Pioneertown, CA. Her projects have received support from the Mike Kelley Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Canada Council for the Arts; West of Rome Public Art; The Ranch Projects; the U.S./U.K. Fulbright Commission; and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.