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 Marie Lorenz: Ezekia at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Flow Pool at Recess Activities, New York, Derelict at Grizzly Grizzly, Philadelphia, Kern Island at Todd Madigan Gallery, Bakersfield, California, Flotsam and Derelict at Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, Tidal Dérive, a week long journey down the Fraer River, Vancouver, in association with Contemporary Art Gallery-Burrard Marina Field House Studio, Vancouver and The Valley of Dry Bones at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York. Lorenz has recently participated in Erie Canal Excursion at Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, Sea Drift at BAC Gallery, Brooklyn, Radical Seafaring at Parish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, Wanderlust at High Line Art, New York, Future Nature at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, Public Works: Artists’ Interventions 1970s – Now at Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA, Artists Are Like Water at Look Up Gallery, Guerneville, CA, Lucky Draw at Sculpture Center, New York, Last Daze at Space Gallery, Portland, ME and Arcadia: Thoughts on the Contemporary Pastoral curated by Steve Locke at Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA. The artist also performed a version of her ongoing performance, ‘Tide and Current Taxi’ for Frieze Projects as part of Frieze New York 2014, providing an alternative ferry service around Randall's Island. Forthcoming exhibitions include Kern Island at Todd Madigan Gallery, Bakersfield, CA. The artist has also undertaken a number of artist residencies including International Artist-In-Residence at Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, and Artist in Residence at Burrard Marina Fieldhouse Studio, Vancouver. Forthcoming residencies include Process Space Artist-in-Residence at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, and Visiting Artist at Vermont Studio Center. Lorenz has received grants from Artists Space, the Harpo Foundation, and in 2008 she was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize for the American Academy in Rome.
Lorenz received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Yale, where she now teaches in the Painting Department.