Los Angeles

Carol Caroompas

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE)

Carol Caroompas’ recent installation, entitled Fairy Tales, 1989, is a busy and wild amalgamation of heterosexual imagery produced in the classic post-Modern tradition of harmoniously combative renderings. Here we have fake Aztec markings, stick figures, cartoon graphics, and exquisitely rendered anatomical drawings of heads. The effect is elemental, intriguing, and nightmarish. Caroompas’ paintings are like sexual morality plays. Practically every piece has either a vagina or a penis in it; sometimes she uses metaphorical stand-ins (spiders, cherries, narrow bodies of water, versus enormous tulips, burning airplanes, mountains, etc.), but mainly it’s the real McCoy. There are also lots of inserts of male and female figures intertwined.

This representation of sex is unusual because the characters fuck so thoughtfully, with such sincerity and compassion; the sex is not faked and theatrical,

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