Light Runner © Elizabeth Hagan, all rights reserved.
Around the time of the 2016 presidential election, I found myself taking solace in the night sky. The universe was still going to be intact in four or eight years, regardless of what happened down here on planet Earth. The portfolio of Elizabeth Hagan, who works as a graphic designer and also teaches meditation techniques, includes a series of images that seem to espouse a similar philosophy. In one, a woman draped in chartreuse and magenta prances lightly along the trail of a shooting star, In another, a young man sits on a blue light beam, clutching a letter and resting his head on his hand. The sky behind them shimmers a deep black-purple. Hagan's illustrations predate current politics by about four or five years, but that's just the point. Good or bad, now or then, this too shall pass. Meanwhile the stars will keep on shining.
3/23/17 Institute 193, Lexington KY
Freelance contributor Lori Waxman has written about contemporary art for the past 18 years, for the Chicago Tribune as well as Artforum, Parachute and other periodicals. Her books include “Girls! Girls! Girls! in contemporary art” and “60 wrd/min art critic,” which is also the name of a live performance of art criticism that she has toured around the country and in Germany, as part of dOCUMENTA 13. She teaches art history at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the recipient of a Warhol Foundation Art Writers Grant. Born in Montreal, Canada, she studied at McGill University and the School of the Art Institute, and earned a Ph.D. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.