Janis Crystal Lipzin is an intermedia artist based in Sonoma County, California.
Light sensitive materials and lens-based tools are her gateway to re-imagining and interpreting her visual world. She has been making art in virtually every form of reproducible media for nearly forty years. Utilizing such diverse media as 8mm and 16mm film, various kinds and formats of photographic prints and transparencies, video, audio, digital photography, multimedia installations and media performance and artist books, she has confronted an array of uncomfortable subjects such as pyromania, prehistoric murder, pesticide abuse, reproductive rights, and mortality.
Another central foundation of her practice is a diverse approach to materials. In her hands, light-sensitive film becomes a medium to be worked marked chemically altered, affected by light both within and exterior to a camera. Lipzin's work frequently has been at the forefront of an avant-garde art practice that seeks to push the limits of what is possible with the media arts while enriching their possibilities for personal expression. Her work has received recognition with grants from the Center for Cultural Innovation and National Endowment for the Arts and by recent exhibitions at The Whitney Museum of Art's Dreamlands show, the Tate Modern in London, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. In addition her films and photo work have been featured in museum shows at the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Berkeley Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, the Kunstmuseum in Berne, Switzerland, and in the Venice Biennale.
She has been active in critical writing and curatorial actions throughout her career and she founded the pioneering microcinema that produced media events at the Exploratorium and New Langton Arts in San Francisco and internationally.