Lora Fosberg


  • You Can't Fall off The Floor


You Can’t Fall Off the Floor is one segment of an ongoing installation. I have been making this piece since showing with the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago in 2007. You Can’t Fall Off the Floor is made up of thousands upon thousands of hand painted, homemade fonts, that depict quotations from artists, art critics, politicians, my mother, my brother, my lover, overheard conversations, song lyrics, snippets from literature, t.v., radio, magazines, etc. all representing the now. I consider this piece a history painting, as it originally came from a wellspring of sketchbooks and journals which I used to record the popular culture, at a very early age. At the time of this writing, there was approximately 75 feet of text in the possession of various collectors around the country. This piece will be a life-long project, as interpreting the present and adding it to the lexicon of history will be a life long job. At some point I hope to assemble all of the text together, and install it in the Guggenheim’s rotunda, wrapping around the building from the top to the bottom, where it will stand as a history lesson for the future.


Lora Fosberg explores the subtle intricacies and intimacies of life in her drawings and paintings, which are often grouped to form wall-size installations. She is best known for her distinctive graphic style that includes pen and ink on paper or silk, washes of subtle color, photo transfers, collaged elements and poignant and witty texts. She draws from her memories of childhood, the interrelationships of emotions, and her perceptions of the mundane aspects of everyday life. Humor and humility play an enormous role in the work and are  reflected by the use of found paper, such as anonymous journal pages, notes to one’s self, and text that seems to be pulled from the air of now. Lora Fosberg received her BFA from the university of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her MFA from the school of the art institute of Chicago. She has been working and showing for over 20 years around the world and close to home, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. She is represented by Linda Warren Gallery in Chicago and Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco.


14 inches × 25 feet (and variable)