NEWSText: Satsuki Miyanishi

Untitled 2, 2013, acrylic on panel, 46 x 46 inch

LAUNCH LA is proud to present Adventures in Suntan Alley by Marion Lane. This latest exhibition is a delightfully curious interpretation of Los Angeles’ unique visual brand. Though Lane’s paintings look something like hybrids between amoeba DNA and corner-shop candies, they contain hints of all the vital ingredients of the city’s make-up, from sun and sea to concrete and steel – rendered with such hypnotic appeal that it’s hard to look away.


The title of the show refers, in part, to Lane’s workspace: an outdoor painting studio with ten foot tall brick walls, big enough to accommodate the exhibition’s forty-six inch square paintings. This title is also a nod to any encounter, however brief, with the elemental Los Angeles, a place where sun, color and topography enter the vocabulary of Southern California life.

Lane’s paintings strive to capture these penetrating moments, when the clash between man-made Los Angeles and the rugged wilderness beneath exposes a startling and revelatory beauty. Though the sun features prominently, these moments aren’t typical post-card scenes. If anything, Lane is more interested in the accidentally artful – “when the traffic light is startlingly beautiful against the expansive California sky or the orange traffic cone coordinates wildly with shiny metallic machinery.”

Marion Lane “Adventures in Suntan Alley”
Date: September 7th – 28th, 2013
Open: 12:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Sunday and Monday)
Place: LAUNCH Gallery
Address: 170 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Tel: +1 323 899 1363

Text: Satsuki Miyanishi

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