LORI LARUSSO

Bourbon Cocktails

on view September 10 - October 15, 2016

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Lori Larusso, Clothespin Power (detail), 2015, acrylic on shaped panels 

BROKEN PLATE FULL HEART

Statement - Broken Plate, Full Heart

My current work explores the unavoidable contradictions that exist in our personal (and collective) systems of belief, by pointing to the complexity of our individual situations and the structures that trap us when we try to alter those beliefs. While based in the experience of daily interaction with our immediate surroundings, these pieces examine looming traditional and cultural expectations that resist forces of change while also promising something better.  

My interest in representations of domestic spaces lies in the comfort that is implied, and the how this notion of comfort reduces the complexity that is present in the way these material forms were produced and came to occupy the domestic space. The domestic sphere is a private place, but we are constantly seeing curated snapshots of domestic life via facebook, instagram, mommy blogs, etc. This is no different than the 1950s depictions of women happily slaving away at domestic chores. These new blogs have replaced the old Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, and Woman’s Day magazines. Our “retro” pasts have become some women’s current reality. Our home lives are never that simple or neat, they cannot be summed up in an image of a freshly baked pie, images of toddlers in knitted sweaters and homemade haircuts, or even in a picture of a pile of dirty laundry and the mess that the new puppy made. These images only begin to present a version of what is really going on inside the home. 

The Afterparty series evolved out of a body of work that presents images of beautifully perfect, whole (uneaten) birthday cakes at the moment after the candles have been blown out but before the cake has been cut. While there is something occasionally tragic or ironic about representations of perfection, I believe the Afterparty paintings encompass something more. These works maintain a sliver of the perfection inherent in a whole, beautifully prepared cake while refusing the viewer an obvious image of perfection; rather these pieces suggest a more direct representation of a cake (as in, half-eaten; cakes are meant to be eaten) while they allude to notions of excess and post-party sentiment. 

These two separate yet connected bodies of work question, in part, the everyday search for meaning and fulfillment. Representations of generic middle-America allude to the common feeling of disconnect, as well as the struggle for validation and happiness in daily life.

SHAPED PAINTINGS from Broken Plate, Full Heart

AFTERPARTY from Broken Plate, Full Heart

Butter paintings

Particulate Matter

Lori Larusso, Dirt and Glitter, 2012, acrylic on four shaped panels, approx 78 x 62 inches installed

Statement - Particulate Matter

I am interested in exploring the unavoidable contradictions which exist in our personal (and collective) systems of belief, by pointing to the complexity of individual situations. Very often, our ideals are a reflection of the way we wish things were, rather than a product of the way we actually experience them. I find this conflict to be in direct connection to the representational image.

Particulate Matter references the myriad of parts that make up any social construct, the multitude of contributing factors to any situation. The title of the exhibition also points to conflicting and constantly changing perceptions of high and low class.

The edges of the painted images are defined by the edges of the actual supports. These works contain multiple separate pieces that interact within a whole idea. By including only the necessary information needed to complete the idea and composition, aspects of a specific situation or environment are isolated and brought to the forefront.