Laura Lark

The Misuses of Enchantment

In a new series of vibrantly colored paintings and drawings, Laura Lark very loosely and subjectively explores concepts presented in Bruno Bettelheim‘s 1976 The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales.  Join us for an artist’s reception on September 11 (Friday) from 6 to 8 pm.

Opening September 11 (Friday) 6 to 8 pm

Bettelheim’s work suggests that there is a darkness in fairy tales that behooves the emotional development of a child.  Here I examine in contrast the fairy tales that don’t: the promises of Prince Charming, Happily-Ever-After and the big diamond from Tiffany’s in the vapid pages of Brides and Vogue.  Source images are translated into female portraits of thwarted desire, resulting in a gallery populated with blank, cynical and accusatory stares.  These pop culture fairy tales exemplify existential angst, uncertainty and unfulfilled expectation. — LL

On view through October 24, 2015



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