Los Angeles

Lari Pittman

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

In Lari Pittman’s Victorian domestic utopias, the most terrifying nightmares and the ripest euphorias take tea together within the cozy parameters of the rectangle. The vocabulary is gaudy and hallucinogenic—an ornamental chaos maxed out with information, in which the artist proposes an anxious unity between things humiliating and pleasurable.

In this new body of work—a virtual masquerade ball—Pittman represents himself as a highly socialized, carnivorous female owl, with large saggy breasts and humongous vaginas. In Transubstantial and Needy, 1991, an oversized owl wearing a bejeweled crown that drips onto its brow stands beside a burning candle. One eye socket features the number 69, the other is empty and turned on its side. Both leak tears. Covering the owl’s hermaphroditic torso (massive female breasts and a superdeluxe cock and balls), is a one-of-a-kind suspender/bib with see-through

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