Thursday, February 11, 2010

Old Familiar Places...

Lezley Saar
"Tooth Hut", 2007, 79" x 78", ink and photos on rice paper

A few Saturdays ago, I went to previously named Jan Baum gallery on La Brea in the heart of West Hollywood. It's been years since I've been back there. I remember putting on my best flower dress, so elated to go to a posh art opening of one of my mother's good friends...who happened to be a the devastatingly cool and talented artist, Lezley Saar. The epitome of coy, Lezley held solo exhibitions at the gallery I grew so fond of. And now, years later, I returned to see her most recent work. She never ceases to surprise and amaze me with her multi-faceted, multi-layered pieces. They are never predictable. She explores and questions binary oppositions so ingrained in our society through painting, photography, and installation. Here is one of her pieces from the show. This small picture does not do the work justice; the piece majestically covers an entire wall and its most intricate details are as significant as its grand size. What meaning can you give to the piece?

For a slightly better image click HERE!

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