James Lassen: Paintings and Drawings
Coming to Gallery 414 in Fort Worth, 1/31/2015 - 3/8/2015

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The work I make depicts my world from an observational standpoint, and since the majority of my thought processes involve how I relate to people, social interaction has developed into a consistent theme for my paintings. From situations such as putting up with co-workers to merely coexisting with strangers, interaction or awareness of people is something everyone feels. I'm drawn to the smaller and seemingly less important ideas, such as using cellphones or waiting impatiently in line. Painting such scenes allows the canvas to become a platform for a sort of visual ranting. I focus carefully on facial expressions and body language, keeping in mind how all of the figures communicate with each other as well as with the viewer. Formal elements such as color and value are used to heighten tension and exaggerate expressions, taking situations beyond what real life has to offer. Usually, the subjects are rendered with strict representation, but symbolic inserts have been making their way into the work to add a more critical and often humorous touch. With human behavior being so multi-faceted, I strive to create work that does justice to even the most two-faced act. Communication and interaction seem to only provide us with more questions, thus requiring a deeper investigation. For the audience, I offer little monuments that show just how many mixed emotions even the slightest glance can conjure.