Spaces and Thick: Recent Work by Lori Larusso

September 26 - November 5, 2011

  • Reception: October 6, 6-8 p.m., Gallery Lounge, gallery talk at 7 p.m.
  • Music by the the Parkland Guitar Ensemble
  • Additional Artist Lecture, October 6, 1:15 p.m.
  • View Lori Larusso "For Arts Sake" video

Lori Larusso , Smashed After Noon, acrylic on shaped panel, 48" x 42", 2009Lexington, Kentucky, resident Lori Larusso was born in Massillon, Ohio. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a minor in Women's Studies. She earned a master's degree in the fine arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art's graduate interdisciplinary program, the Mount Royal School of Art.

Larusso’s paintings contain interior spaces and manicured semi-private outdoor spaces that suggest a relative level of comfort and social acceptance. Confidently defined, the architecture represented through image sometimes confirms and sometimes questions the stability of the situation. The commonality of the image is encouraged by the absence of personal information.

Including only necessary information to complete the idea and composition, the edge of the painted image defines the edge of the support. Moving outside of the traditional rectangular format, the interaction of the painting with the wall becomes a relevant aspect to the work.

Negative/positive space issues arise and become significant, as well as actual shadows cast onto the wall from the piece versus painted shadows in the piece. The flat image lends itself to intentionality of mark making. Her representations of generic and stereotypical middle America remind us of the culture we maintain on a daily basis through our every action. Our ideals are often a reflection of the way we wish things were, rather than a product of the way we actually experience them. This conflict is in direct connection to the representational image.

Image: Lori Larusso , Smashed After Noon, acrylic on shaped panel, 48" x 42", 2009