Lori LaMont: Under The Influence

October 9, 2015,

November 20, 2015 February 21, 20169:00 am - 5:00 pm

Lori LaMont: Under The Influence features one large-scale painting by local Long Beach artist Lori LaMont. Her painting is part of a series of watercolors inspired by the camaraderie that sporting events incite in societies worldwide.

At nearly 21 feet long and five feet high her work Camp Life in the Woods and Tricks of Trapping is the foundational piece in the series. It features animals engaged in all manner of sport, plastered with logos one would expect in NASCAR, along with every other sport—and sporting arenas—around the world, including on the athletes themselves. It’s a modern folk tale that, though visually grand and dazzling, prompts foreboding and begs the question: What is the moral of the story? In the alluring tradition of animal characters being directly affected by the glamour of the constant avalanche of our ever-changing popular culture, Under the Influence narrows the gap between nature vs. culture.

LaMont has been painting professionally since 1993 and works exclusively in watercolor. Her large-scale paintings are executed with incredible precision, and utilize layers of bold, saturated color and meticulously rendered detail.

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