LAUNCH LA is pleased to announce the exhibition “In and Out of The Body” by the Los Angeles-based artist Lola del Fresno.
In this new series Lola includes projection/sound installation, paintings and sculptures. She explores the pull between superficial reality and inner emotions. “We reach out and then go in to go in and then reach out”.
“Our own mind is our heaven and our hell. The purity of our heart is our own true perfume; it follows you wherever you go.”
Lola’s paintings are imbued with a powerful understanding of her subjects. The exhibition is comprised of paintings, sculptures, and video installations exploring real figures. No poses are involved, no superficiality. The subjects reveal their true nature in a free and unconscious way.
Lola works with mixed materials. Her paintings are mostly water-based media. She works on large scale images to convey a more realistic approach to the subject. In this exhibition she also includes plaster sculptures, each of which is rooted in questions of childhood, growth and purity.
The purpose of representing people is a way to magnify their existence and their values. “I treat these images as sacred forms, almost as Icons. I try to avoid any social element to make a more universal statement. These are confrontational pieces that face the viewer with the experience of the inner self”.
Lola del Fresno was born in Madrid. When she was very young she used to pose for her grandfather in his studio. She was fascinated by the intensity of the experience and the smell of oil paints. She studied in the Universidad of Bellas Artes in Madrid where she received the influence of artists like Florencio Galindo and Antonio Lopez. She showed in several galleries in Madrid, Bilbao and was part of Art Fairs like Estampa in Madrid.
She moved to New York in 1997 and since then her work has been recognized internationally, showing in galleries in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Milan and New York.