Karen Lofgren


Master of Fine Art in Visual Art, CalArts, Valencia, CA

AOCAD, Sculpture/Installation (Honours), OCAD University, Toronto


Solo Exhibitions


Como lo cura, Espacio Pausa, Lima, Perú


Other Relevant Experience, Royale Projects Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

On the River, VOLUME at South of Sunset, Los Angeles


Ritual Landscape, Royale Projects Contemporary Art, Palm Desert, CA


Trajectory Object c. 2000-2050, High Desert Test Sites, Pioneertown, CA (artist book edition)


Karen Lofgren: Stabilizers, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA


Blood Sister, Royale Projects Contemporary Art, Palm Desert, CA


Be Like Water, PØST, Los Angeles (artist book edition, 35)


Signs Point to Yes, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions


Gold Flood, Pitzer Art Galleries (artist book edition, 100)


Believer, Machine Project, Los Angeles


Selected Group Exhibitions and Projects


The Fourth World, Institute for Art and Olfaction, Los Angeles

Knowledges, Mount Wilson Observatory, Los Angeles

Future Eve, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (catalogue)


The First Horizons of Juno, MASS Gallery, Austin, TX

From Baroque to Bling: From the Collection of Donna MacMillan, Palm Springs Art Museum

Eternal Telethon by John Burtle, Biquini Wax, Mexico City, Mexico

Objects May Appear, Royale Projects Contemporary Art, Palm Desert

Hello My Name is Los Angeles, Royale Projects Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


Self Actualizers: SYSTEM SYSTEM SYSTEM, solo project, Art Toronto (catalogue)

Living Together, collaboration with Jay Erker, East Side International, Los Angeles

Abstracted Visions, Cerritos College Art Gallery (catalogue)


Packed and Jammed, Glendale College Art Gallery, Los Angeles 

Cryptographics: a tribute to the Voynich Manuscript, Artslant at EXPO Chicago

Open House, The Property, Los Angeles

Study for Future Rock, solo project at Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden, presented by the Vancouver Biennale

PRESENTS, Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles

Tender Buttons, Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art, London


No Dull Affairs, Onsite @ OCAD U, Toronto

Dig the Dig, LA Mart and Santa Monica Museum of Art

Looking Back At Tomorrow, Royale Projects, Palm Desert


UAP (Agency of Unrealized Projects), DAAD Galerie, Berlin and e-flux

Dualities, Bank of America Plaza, Los Angeles

The Paranoia of Time, Carter & Citizen, Los Angeles

Don’t the Sun Look Angry at Me, Royale Projects, Indian Wells, CA

00:00 [RESET], Human Resources for Pacific Standard Time, Los Angeles


I don’t know where but she sends me there, Royale Projects, Indian Wells, CA

Perpitube, Pitzer Art Galleries, Claremont

Get Hubbied, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock

iced, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Snug Harbor, NY

The Open Daybook, LACE (catalogue)

Believer, (solo project) Culver Center for the Arts/Sweeney Gallery, Riverside


Open Arms, Summercamp project project, El Sereno

Slab in Temporary Space, Temporary Space, Houston

Room Mobile, See Line Gallery, West Hollywood

B538: Fifth Floor, Design Loves Art, Pacific Design Center, West Hollywood


Veronica, Pitzer Art Galleries, Claremont Colleges (catalogue)

Exquisite Corpse, Mihai Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles


A Machine Project Field Guide to LACMA, LACMA (catalogue)

forming, storming, norming, performing, Circus Gallery

Slab at the Old LA Zoo   

At the Middle of Nowhere, 533, Los Angeles

The Black Dragon Society, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles


Street Signs and Solar Ovens: Socialcraft in Los AngelesCraft and Folk Art Museum, LA                      

Rocktobersurprisefest, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA

Bleeding Edge Festival, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, CA

Carter, Kate Davis, Karen Lofgren, Torbjorn Vejvi , Anna Helwing Gallery, LA                                                

Hotel California, Glendale College Art Gallery, Glendale, CA


S.E.L.F., Daniel Hug Gallery, Los Angeles

Christmas in July, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles

star left, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, LACE                    


High Desert Test Sites#4, Joshua Tree, CA



2017                        Fulbright, University of the Arts, London, Scholar Award 

2015                        Residency Support Stipend, Can Serrat, El Bruc, Spain

2014                        Artist Residency, Vancouver Biennale

2013                        West of Rome Public Art mini-production grant, Trajectory Object

2009                        Durfee Foundation ARC Grant, Gold Flood

2009                        Artist Residency, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

2003                        Canada Council for the Arts Production Award



Moskovsky Komsomolets, Moscow, “The New Urban Sculpture”, Smirnitskiy Yan, 2017

NOW Magazine, Toronto, “Shows We’d Love to See”, Rosemary Heather, January 18, 2017

“Future Eve” exhibition catalogue, Jared Baxter, Fellows of Contemporary Art, 2017

“Thanks for the Mammaries”, group catalogue, Bettina Hubby, Los Angeles Nomadic Division, 2016

“Karen Lofgren: Other Relevant Experience”, Cooper Johnson, Artillery Magazine, April 20, 2016

Abstracted Visions: Information Mapping from Mystic Diagrams to Data Visualizations; p. 52-53, James MacDevitt, 2015 

“Karen Lofgren’s Trajectory Object Buried at High Desert Test Sites”,  Droste Effect magazine,

               Bologna, Italy, January 31, 2014

Trajectory Object c. 2000-2050: Karen Lofgren, artist publication in ed. of 500 designed by Willem Henri Lucas;

             writing by Ben Ehrenreich. Los Angeles, 2014

“No Dull Affairs”, Caitlin Sutherland, Daily Serving, Toronto, August 2013:

“The desert, the edge of the city: Karen Lofgren at Royale Projects”, Jared Baxter,

                  Artslant Los Angeles, May 2013

Get Hubbied, artist catalogue edition, 2012; cover image and featured project

“Dispatches and Directions: On Artist Run Organizations in Los Angeles”, p. 118-119; Art 2102, 2011

Karen Lofgren: Be Like Water, artist book, print ed. of 35, 2011

The Open Daybook, ed. David Earle, Random House, 2010

A Field Guide to LACMA, ed. Machine Project, LACMA/DAP 2009; p. 31-32

Veronica, Ciara Ennis, Exhibition Catalogue, Pitzer College, 2009 “Critic’s Picks: Karen Lofgren”, Andrew Berardini, August 26, 2009

James Hardway, EP Album ‘oicho’ featuring “Downward Dog”, 2009

Karen Lofgren: Gold Flood, edition of 100 artist books, August 2009

IE Weekly, “Golden Rules: Installation Artist Karen Lofgren Taps Into Our Collective Unconscious”, Stacy Davies, July 30, 2009

LA Weekly “LACMA Deconstructed”, Gendy Alimurung, November 20, 2008

Mercury News “Villa Montalvo’s Bleeding Edge Festival”, Brad Kava, August 2006

CalArts Magazine, “Machine Project: No White Cube”, Margaret Crane, Spring 2006

LA Times, “Alchemy Yeilds a Subtle Magic”, David Pagel, August 26, 2005

Journal of Aesthetics and Protest issue 2, 2003 (cover art)


Visiting Artist, Lectures, Panels, Teaching

2017/8:  Fulbright Research Scholar, Central St. Martins College, London

2016:     Other Relevant Experience, artist talk with Robert Crouch

2015:     Guest Speaker, UCLA Sculpture 

2015:     Resident Artist, Peruvian Amazon, The Clipperton Project

2014:     Guest Speaker, Pitzer College

2013:      Visiting Artist, Idyllwild Arts 

2013:      Artist Talk and Panel, ONSITE at OCAD U for No Dull Affairs, OCAD University, Toronto

2013:      Guest Speaker, Pitzer College 

2012:      Panelist: Mixed Marriage: Artists, Curators, and the Exhibition moderated by Ciara Ennis with Rebecca Morse, Holly Meyers,  Rebecca McGrew, Carrie Paterson at Torrance Art Museum

2012:      Guest Speaker, OTIS College of Art

2011:     Artist Talk, I don’t know where but she sends me there, Royale Projects

2011:     Panel Discussion: Get Hubbied, Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock

2011:     Curatorial Project Objects for the Living, with Joshua Callaghan, Naotaka Hiro, Olga Koumoundouros, PØST

2011:     Artist Talk for The Open Daybook with David Earle, LACE

2011:     X-TRA Magazine, 1image1minute presenter

2010:       Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, exhibiting artist talk with Andrew Berardini

2010:      Andrea Bowers, Olga Koumoundouros, Karen Lofgren; moderated by Liz Glynn at FOCA

2010:       Occidental College Visiting Artist

2009:       Pitzer College Visiting Artist

2007-09: Instructor, RCC

2005-07: Adjunct Professor of Art, Chaffey College


Collaborations/Collaborators/Props/Performances with:

Ron Athey


Heather Cassils

Robert Crouch

Vaginal Davis

Zackary Drucker

Ben Ehrenreich

Jay Erker

Willem Henri Lucas

The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black