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Laura Lasworth

Patricia Faure Gallery

Each of the nine meticulous paintings in this show is of a virtually uninhabited room with a missing fourth wall. Several of these interiors are bisected by lines showing where the planes of the rooms’ walls meet. Each painting’s perspective is slightly but elegantly distorted, as though the depicted room were made of paper and had been folded along that line. The intentionally stilted look of Lasworth’s meditative interiors refers to pre-Renaissance religious painting and Christian thought. The works’ titles cite the crazed, self-styled Christian mystic Hazel Motes (who appears in Flannery O’Connor’s novel, Wise Blood), St. Theresa, the religious sect known as the Shakers, and the writer/monk Thomas Merton. The items that silently populate Lasworth’s rooms—globes, tablets, scrolls, musical instruments, ribbons, lamps, white cloths, books, flowers, and mirrors—are a roll call of symbols

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