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LAUNCH LA is proud to present New World\, a new solo exhibition by Alexandra Dillon. In this exhibition\, Dillon paints a surrealistic bestiary\, resonant with th e influence of Pieter Breugel's fallen angels and Frida Kahlo's self-portra its.

Dillon's world is p eopled with strange chimeras\, animal and vegetable human hybrids\, all pos ing gracefully and proudly for official portraits. Some paintings depict do ll-like debutants\, stiffly locked in dances with their partners\, decked i n skirts printed with alternate faces they can wear. Her self-portraits\, h owever\, are radically different and self-effacing. Artful bouquets of flow ers grow over her face and obscure her eyes and their emotional context. Th ese paintings interrogate the classical ideal of the coy beauty behind the fan\, that the half revealed is always more sensually aesthetic. In some of these portraits Dillon has sunk so far into the anonymity of flowers that the only indication of her body is a ghostly outline hovering over the back ground. Those full smiles are unsettling without input from her eyes: it fe els like we are being lied to.

Dillon's paintings are rich with symbolism. The winding ribbons that run through her work\, like roots reaching out or streamers flying in a ga le\, are representative of 'strange family ties'. In the painting 'Mother'\ , these ties all lead back to the subject's disembodied smile. This time no thing is obscured\, the rest of this mother is simply absent. There are als o ducks with hands\, the artist's take on the 'quackery of false adulthood' . Puns aside\, this wing-hand arrangement gives one the sense that these be ings are too clumsy to handle the delicate responsibilities of adulthood\, especially the fostering of children.

There is hope in Dillon's work\, however\, especially in her portraits of 'shamans'\, young men ordinary in every way but for the strang e antennae arrays growing from their heads in fascinatingly varied arrangem ents. With these antennae\, Dillon envisions that her subjects can tap into and achieve a 'consciousness shift towards enlightenment'. It suggests hop e for a bright future\, that the younger generations\, despite all our fear s for them\, have their own wise leaders beyond the circle of elders. This tenuous hope is a future in which humanity has mutated in order to adapt to the world it inhabits\, a future in which the subterfuge of artificiality has long fallen out of fashion.


Alexandra Dillon's education has taken her from UCLA to New O rleans and Florence\, Italy. Though she initially pursued television and fi lm studies\, she has since appeared in group and solo shows across Californ ia and select locations in the South Eastern United States. These venues ra nge from the Appleton Museum of Art in Florida to the Italian Cultural Inst itution in San Francisco. This is her first exhibition with LAUNCH LA.

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