Pasadena Artist Carves a Niche with ‘Ephemeral Paths’ at Alhambra City Hall

“Breaks Set No. 3,” Ink and colored pencil on found paper 8 x 10.5,
2018, by Laura Henneforth. (Images courtesy of Laura Henneforth)

The City of Alhambra is currently featuring “Ephemeral Paths,” the work of Laura Henneforth, during the month of June in the spacious Alhambra City Hall lobby where they will host a reception this Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, 5-8 p.m., for her second solo show.

“Southern California is a living collage … The juxtaposition that is Los Angeles introduces us to other communities and ideas. I believe this is why the medium of collage has entranced me,” Henneforth says of her work on her site.

Using maps and text, Henneforth, a member of the Pasadena Society of Artists, uses collage as a medium to replicate and “translate,” where she often focuses on the female body in abstract, as well as in images of the Buddha.

“Fire Buddha,” Mixed Media Collage, approx 5 x 7, 2015, by Laura Henneforth.

Henneforth begins with a simple sketch, then sorting through found paper and gathering unrelated and found objects, she constructs the collages.

“When I can carve my own visions out of found objects, I experience true authenticity. If the final result launches the viewer into deep contemplation then the work is a success and I am happy,” she said.

A 2005 graduate of Cal Poly Pomona’s art program, Henneforth credits Mexican Muralism and German Expressionism as influences in some of her work.

An active member of the Pasadena Society of Artists and SoPa Artists and a local from California, she mainly experiments with printmaking, water-color, and colored pencil as a collagist.

The reception will coincide with the City of Alhambra Arts and Cultural Events Committee meeting, where a Proclamation will be provided to Henneforth for helping beautify the City of Alhambra.

The Cultural Arts Committee, as part of The City of Alhambra Parks and Recreation, and currently part of Community Services until July 1, 2018, accepts applications from local artists to fill the spacious lobby space of Alhambra City Hall with contemporary works of art.

Brie Houghton, Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation and the Cultural Arts Committee liaison, said the only requirements are that the body of work to show be plentiful enough to fill the space, which can accommodate about 26 pieces, must have a theme, is to be available for a month-long show, and be family friendly in content. The Committee is still currently accepting applications for 2019.

Alhambra City Hall is located at 111 S. First Street, Alhambra, CA 91801. Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. The lobby and reception are free and open to the public, with Wednesday’s reception from 5 – 8 p.m. City Hall is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Gallery: Note that items featured are from the body work of Laura Henneforth, where some are sold and may not necessarily be pieces exhibited in the “Ephemeral Paths” show.

About Monique A. LeBleu

Monique A. LeBleu is a writer, photographer, videographer, and shameless foodie and wineaux. A love of film history and a background in film production, post-production, and film theory provide unique insights into her movie reviews. As well, a background in technical theater fuels her passion on all-things theater. As a foodie, living in the ever-growing and diverse culinary landscape that is the City of Los Angeles feeds her never-ending pursuit of the perfect comfort food—the world's best Mac n' Cheese!
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