LeBasse Projects presents:
Gallery I: Melissa Haslam :: ‘Botanica’
Gallery II: Morgan Slade :: ‘Savage Justice’
Project Room: J.Shea :: ‘Life Form’
July 17th – August 7th 2010
Artist reception: Saturday, July 17th, 7-10p
Los Angeles, CA – LeBasse Projects is proud to announce three distinct exhibitions opening on one evening.
In Gallery I: ‘Botanica,’ a solo exhibition from Australian artist Melissa Haslam. Haslam has based her recent paintings on the relationship between humans and the natural world. Specifically focused on interrupted cycles of life, her figures surrender to nature and allow themselves to be overtaken by the wild and lush landscape that the artist so beautifully creates. In ‘Botanica,’ Haslam continues to explore her fascination between the idea of femininity and nature. As flowers and roots take over the canvas, her figures react as reminders of our symbiotic relationship with nature. Her female characters take on animal characteristics – sometimes playing aggressively and other times placid. In the animal world this kind of playfulness becomes preparation for the violence that is needed for survival, a primitive state of existence that is present in human nature but disguised by civilization.
In Gallery II: ‘Savage Justice,’ a solo exhibition by Morgan Slade. Slade creates one of a kind mixed media paintings. Altering his own digital photographs of scantily clad women with paint, pen, pencil and collage he transforms straightforward images to chaotic madness. His pieces prey on primitive natural instincts with a youthful aesthetic appeal and bright, vibrant colors. By defacing exceptionally attractive people, Slade aesthetically changes his figures to appear flawed in some manner. He creates visual metaphors of consumerism, advertising and technology by inventing his own symbols or by appropriating familiar icons.
For ‘Savage Justice’ Slade goes one step further by collaborating with iconic designer Betsey Johnson. This exhibition was shot on location in the Betsey Johnson flagship store in Los Angeles utilizing clothing and models from Johnson’s own line.
In the Project Room, Portl and based J. Shea will exhibit ‘Life Form’ a series of sculptural work combining clay and mixed media. Shea’s narratives are filled with visions of life, love, fear, and hope that are influenced by folk art, assemblage & street art.
About Melissa Haslam
Australian painter Melissa Haslam began to focus on her fine art career in 2008 and has already begun to make a name for herself. Already published in several books including Curvy and Semi-Permanent, Haslam has made the leap from Melbourne, Australia to galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York, as well as participation in Art Basel Miami. Already a part of the collection of the 21C Museum in Louisville, KY as well as several notable collectors, Haslam is expected to continue her growth in the coming years.
About Morgan Slade
Morgan Slade received his BFA in photography in 2002 from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has shot for several magazines including Swindle, Anthem, Juxtapoz, OUT Magazine, Western Interiors & Design and many others. Morgan has exhibited both photography and mixed media work in galleries and art fairs in San Francisco, Miami, New York and Los Angeles. He has also worked in the publishing industry, heading US production for fine art book publisher TASCHEN.
About LeBasse Projects
LeBasse Projects is a contemporary art gallery committed to showcasing the talents of a select group of international artists. Since opening its doors in Los Angeles? Culver City Arts District in 2007, LeBasse highlights emerging talent and is focused on developing the careers of a select group including Yoskay Yamamoto, Blaine Fontana, Herakut, Nate Frizzell, Edwin Ushiro, Andrew Hem, Melissa Haslam, Alexandros Vasmoulakis, Thomas Doyle, Morgan Slade and more.
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