Melissa Haslam "Floating Garden" @ LeBasse Projects, LAJuxtapoz // Friday, 15 Mar 2013
LeBasse Projects is pleased to present an exhibition of all new paintings and works on paper from Australian artist Melissa Haslam. Known for her meticulous painting methods and refined images of pop culture, Haslam once again draws attention to constructed societal roles and an obsession with youth and perfection in a series of haunting new paintings and drawings entitled “Floating Garden.”
In this enchanting new series, young, beautiful girls inhabit mystical garden spaces overgrown with foliage. Their hairstyles are coiffed perfectly and their outfits impeccable. The only disturbance is in their expressions, heavy with ennui and listlessness. The ambivalent female figures hint at the veiled but dangerous sexuality of Lolita. Standing amidst the flowers to which they are analogous, the girls are still in bloom.
Through March 30, 2013
Los Angeles, CA