Lora Schlesinger Gallery presents After Images featuring a new series of paintings by Laura Lasworth. Lasworth’s paintings are a manifestation of masterful control of color, shape and form. Each work rich in surface and content, is coded with symbolism that poignantly addresses themes of life, death and spirituality. The show opens with the artist’s reception on Saturday, July 30th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
Lasworth is known for her sophisticated use of religious, philosophical and personal symbolism. Her work recalls classical allegory and medieval iconography. She extracts subjects from text, bridging the familiar with the sacred, creating images that are mysterious and otherworldly. Since 2001, her method has resembled that of a long-form writer. In her elaborate cycles of paintings, each panel functions as a chapter. Through the paintings a narrative slowly emerges, coaxing a careful reading. Lasworth’s images echo scripture and sacred history, yet they refrain from didacticism and literalism. Instead her paintings exhibit a respectful melancholy, as if they must span unbridgeable distances. The result is not a sense of futility, but of hope and impending miracle.
Laura Lasworth received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Institute of Chicago and her Masters of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. Her paintings have been exhibited nationally in numerous solo and group shows that have been featured in the publications Art in America, Artforum, the Los Angeles Times and IMAGE Journal.