Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass | Sugar Coated at Shoebox Projects

Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass | Sugar Coated at Shoebox Projects

Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass
Solo Exhibition

“Sugar Coated”

Opening Sunday September 23rd 3-6pm
Artist Talk Sunday October 6th 2-4pm
On view through October 7th

Shoebox Projects
660 South Avenue 21 #3
LA Ca 90031

Current Residency
http://www.mendelsohnbassfineart.com/

My current body of work explores the term “sugar coated” in which reality is obscured by making something superficially attractive. My paintings examine today’s social and political climates in an era of “fake news” and political correctness where nothing is as it seems. Even daily life is depicted in a series of perfectly posed selfies on social media.

By mixing pop imagery and classic iconography, I draw the viewer into an enticing world of sugary sweets. Guilty pleasures are portrayed in a vibrant world of bold imagery. “Sugar Coated” delves into society’s complex emotions around sugar, and more specifically, mass marketed candy. Sugar seduces our senses from sight to smell to taste, but not without consequences ranging from obesity to addiction. Can we truly experience pleasure without pain?

BIO
Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass is a Los Angeles born painter who received her Bachelor of Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work depicts the psychology of the mind’s inner conflicts and struggles, portrayed through her figures’ outward appearance and gestures. She often emphasizes the psychological drama with a monochromatic, Film Noir feel in order to examine what makes us tick. Her large, figurative paintings have a climactic, narrative quality with a focus upon emotional suspense, with each glance suggesting a passion or crime.

Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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