Blindsided: acrylic on large canvases. The artist recalls being intoxicated by the idealized images in her 1950s children's books, in which chubby-legged toddlers frolicked with puppies and mothers offered treats to their happy broods, and draws one in with a dead-on recreation of the optimism that characterized the books.
Art with a â€œHitchcock Twistâ€
The Blindsided Paintings
Artist Lyn Nance-Sasser recalls being intoxicated by the idealized images in her 1950s children's books, in which chubby-legged toddlers frolicked with puppies and mothers offered treats to their happy broods.
"I remember just looking at them and looking at them," Nance-Sasser says. "Those pictures had such a warm feeling." Years later, a grown-up Nance-Sasser felt it was time to infuse those sugarcoated images with a dose of reality
"I thought: 'This is really wonderful. But you know, real life has lots of twists and surprises.' "The result is her current series, "The Blindsided Paintings," in which Nance-Sasser reflects on the idea of being blindsided by life, surprised by events that are out of our control.
Using acrylic on large canvases, Nance-Sasser draws one in with a dead-on recreation of the optimism that characterized the books. Upon closer inspection, however, it becomes clear that the painting's subjects are due for a life-altering surprise: an alligator's bite an oncoming twister or a sizzling stick of dynamite that will soon destroy their idyll.
"Innocuously disguised as storybook illustrations from the 1950s, the paintings of Lyn Nance-Sasser are intelligent and well-crafted scenes of impending doom."
Image: "Edward looks forward to the future", Acrylic on canvas, 30"x40", Â© 2004, Lyn Nance-Sasse
Opening reception: April 2, 6 - 9 pm
L2kontemporary Gallery, 990 N. Hill Street, No. 205, Los Angeles