"Stephanie and a Lady in a Flowered Shawl (after Salomon Counis)"
Laara Cassells, "Stephanie and a Lady in a Flowered Shawl (after Salomon Counis)," acrylic on Dibond Panel.
Opening Reception July 10th at 7 pm, artist in attendance
In After, Laara Cassells integrates icons of historical portraiture with contemporary subjects in a series of double portrait paintings based on diverse sources from El Greco to Rogier van der Weyden and Charles Sprague Peirce. Each is staged and painted in the manner of the original source, with the insertion into the picture of a contemporary young person uncannily resembling the historical, aristocratic subject and the substitution of the signifying prop of the original subject (books, instruments etc.) with electronic devices such as ipods, ipads, and cellphones.