Flores Gil & Mann
Los Angeles based artists Lily Flores, Serge Gil, and Scarlet Mann joined together in the summer of 2012 to form a collective photography project LA Odyssey. The relationship between the city’s vast landscapes juxtaposed against their own personal odysseys are the central focus of the oeuvre. Los Angeles is a melting pot of personalities, atmospheres, toxicity and dreams. LA Odyssey is an exploration of those manifestations, exposing the gritty underbelly to the illuminated upside that this city's vastness presents us with.
Each artist’s inspiration is channeled around one formula: nude models in masks posing in scenes from Los Angeles and its outskirts.
The locations symbolize the exploration of their respective personalized connection related to their odyssey in this city, which they turn into individual landscapes used to highlight their life experiences, humanity riddles and the trials and tribulations of their trajectories.
Lily travels from West to East exposing the contrasting culture present in the city's diverse demographic. Serge's explores the role of spirituality and the many paradoxes and contradictions involved in religion, identity crisis and resurrection. Scarlet explores the broad geography, adventuring from Topanga's nature to Hollywood's glam. Each of the artists' various settings unite on a parallel journey, the journey of the LA experience in all of its diversity, vastness, and culture.
The masked models are depersonalized to the extent that they become symbols, stand-ins and surrogates for their audience. Their naked forms absorb the atmosphere of their settings and transcend personal identity to become powerful allegorical images.
The photographs currently on display at the Bruce Lurie Gallery are a sneak peek of the debut show "Conceptions, 2013" being held November 7th of 2013.