VALS: L.J. Roberts
LJ Roberts is a visual artist who creates large-scale textile installations, incredibly detailed embroideries, screen prints, artist books, and collages. Their work investigates overlaps of queer and trans politics, activism, protest, and craft. LJ’s work has been shown in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, and Australia at such venues as The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, The 8th Floor, Museum of Arts and Design, Vox Populi, The Orange County Museum of Art, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, The Powerhouse Museum, The Oakland Museum of California, The DePaul Art Museum, The ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at The University of Southern California, The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art where their work is in the permanent collection.
LJ’s work has been written about in The New York Times, American Craft, Artforum, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times, Art In America, Hyperallergic, The San Francisco Chronicle, Transgender Studies Quarterly and The Journal of Modern Craft among other publications.
L.J. also maintains a critical writing practice that bridges craft and queer theory. Their writing can be found in the anthologies Extra/Ordinary: Craft Culture in Contemporary Art published by Duke University Press and Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism on Arsenal Pulp Press. They have contributed writing to publications such as Studio Potter, Hyphen Magazine and Art Practical. Most recently LJ wrote the introduction to DUETS: Dean Daderko and Elaine Reichek on the late Nicolas A. Moufarrege published by Visual AIDS.
LJ has been the past recipient of a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Fountainhead Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University, and residencies at Ox-Bow School of Art, ACRE, The Textile Arts Center, and The Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa. In fall of 2018 LJ will be in residence at the International Artists Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS, Stockholm).
In 2015 LJ was one of nine recipients of The White House Champions of Change Award for LGBTQI Artists.
LJ lives and works in Brooklyn and is part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design.
Visual Arts Building, Room 2001