On December 1, 2023, Lauren Powell Projects presents FLORA AND FLESH, an exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Josh Cabello, JD Raenbeau, and Josh Rabineau. An opening art party will be held from 5-8pm. The exhibition will remain on view from December 1st, 2023 – January 6, 2024.

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December 2023 Lauren Powell Projects

Through a variety of painting and sculpture, FLORA AND FLESH confronts art history’s fixation on a romanticized ‘paradise lost,’ plunging headfirst into the wild, raw passions of nature through a defiantly queer perspective. The exhibition is thematically linked through their incorporation of aesthetics of play, mythology, and decorative arts. While the artists usher in a sensibility of “Queer Rococo” – confronting the dark, frothy opulence of the traditional Baroque style. This offers distinct windows into their respective queer lens. Thus personally examining of what it means to be a “gay man” in this day and age.

FLORA AND FLESH traverses the intricate dynamics between masculinity, femininity, sexuality, and gender. Therefore dissecting the portrayal of the “male body” within nature’s unforgiving embrace. The works on view delve into the paradoxes of the body and the untamed wilderness. Additionally this unravels themes of innocence and peril, ecstasy and agony, exaltation and abject. Figurative and abstract elements entwine in a raw, visceral display, highlighting the queer body’s simultaneous belonging and subservience to the natural environment.

Lauren Powell Projects

A contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, Lauren Powell Projects focuses on highlighting emerging, underrepresented artists as well as site-specific installations.  The gallery features artworks that are accessible to both art experts and novices alike. It strives to make the art world more inclusive for all.

What: FLORA AND FLESH, Group show
Where: Lauren Powell Projects, 5225 Hollywood Blvd., LA
When: Running through January 6, 2024
Website: https://www.laurenpowellprojects.com/

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