SATURATED LANDSCAPES BY CAROLINE LARSEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based Caroline Larsen has an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute. Larsen’s work has been in numerous group shows throughout Canada, America and Germany.

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Her work explores the sensation of being in the tropical landscape at night, when the heat exaggerates the saturation of the night hues. The paintings also play with the idea of abstraction. The paintings coexist between a recognizable form and a non representational image, but at the same time they are pictorial.

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“Using the memory of landscapes and imagery that I experienced during my upbringing in Sarasota, Florida as a springboard I create images that evoke a celebratory tropical frenzy. My interest in tropical landscapes stems from my lived experience, growing up in Florida and spending time in Panama as an adult has greatly influenced my aesthetic.

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A constant focus of all of my work, is the attentiveness to color and its role of imparting feeling. My paint application, with its texture acting as line and pattern, is an organizing form in and of itself; the ridges cast shadows and create optical rhythms. The paintings use a full color palette, keeping with my intention to be as ornamental and vibrant as possible.” Caroline Larsen

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TROPICAL ATMOSPHERES BY NIKKI MALOOF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Nikki Maloof lives and works in Brooklyn. Jungle animals and exotic vegetation appear frequently in Maloof’s drawings, paintings and collages. Often surrounded by luminous tropical hues, tigers, monkeys and bats can seem either benign or sinister, reticent or theatrical, and adopt an anthropomorphic quality that discloses a sense of the artist’s compassion for her subject matter.

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The same lightness of hand with paint, color and line, hints at the somber and dejected aspects of the domestic and quotidian – drooping flowers, in a vase or overcome by rain, and the view, from a distance, of the warmly lit interiors of people’s homes through window panes. Maloof’s works tend toward the familiar yet maintain a level of un-specifiable strangeness that produces their emotive quality.

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As we all know, the Giants are only interested in winning the World Series on the even number years. So, with the end of this season only days away, who isn’t thinking about a tropical vacation? These two new relaxing styles, or Neon Aztec and Dark Tropical are available in SnapBack and Fitted at your favorite travel site, upperplayground.com

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NEWS: Los Angeles’ War On Public Art

Finally there is media coverage on how the city has been pushing to eradicate murals. It’s very sad for me to watch the city turn beige, when we was once known as “The Mural Capital Of America“.

More Interesting Links On Los Angeles’ History Of The Suppression Of Art:

Siqueiros: América Tropical Press Conference

Homecoming For The Lady Of The Freeway

Molina’s Mural Mess

Whitewashing The LA River

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