Lauren Mendelsohn-Bass | Sugar Coated at Shoebox Projects
Opening Sunday September 23rd 3-6pm
Artist Talk Sunday October 6th 2-4pm
On view through October 7th
660 South Avenue 21 #3
LA Ca 90031
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?
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.