Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass | Sugar Coated, A Solo Exhibition at Truckee Meadows Community College

Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass | Sugar Coated, A Solo Exhibition at Truckee Meadows Community College

Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass
“Sugar Coated” 

Solo Exhibition

Red Mountain Gallery, Truckee Meadows Community College
7000 Dandini Blvd
Reno, NV 89512

Opening Reception: Thursday Feb 13, 2020 5-7 PM
On view February 13 to March 11, 2020

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Mixing pop imagery and classic noir iconography, Sugar Coated draws the viewer into an enticing candy-coated world, only to find all is not as sweet as it appears.
Inspired by 1950’s era advertising, “Sugar Coated” is a nod to classic Film Noir and its emotive German Expressionist roots. It takes us on a journey through the world of superficial reality–where artificially alluring and nostalgically innocent context masks darker thoughts, ideas and actions. Playing on the visual tropes of mass marketing and vintage advertisements, this work explores the ways reality is obscured when presented as ostensibly attractive. As popular culture navigates an era of “fake news”, social media, and alternative facts –nothing is as it seems. These paintings examine today’s culture where truth is fluid; ideas issues and events are routinely reframed to reinforce a brand, and even daily life is depicted in a series of perfectly posed, edited and filtered images on social media.

The exhibition delves into complex emotions around what we desire, and more specifically, the mass marketed idea of desirability in lifestyle, perception, physical characteristics, conspicuous consumerism and more. “Sugar Coated” seduces the senses with luscious color and alluring imagery expertly depicted with great detail. The artist wields realism as a means to expose the lack of reality in socially constructed norms.

About Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass
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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