Drawings of surreal worlds overwhelmed by technology by Los Angeles based artist Laurie Lipton. The large-scale drawings, created from her imagination without the use of references or projections, explores the relationship between man and machine and reflects on aspects of the 21st century such as industrialization, digital technology, mechanization, and connectedness. Machines are presented as extensions of humans, and humans as extensions of machines. The artist explains that “technology has connected us, isolated us, freed, and enslaved us. It is evolving rapidly and will either save or destroy us.”
I wanted to create something no one had ever seen before, something that was brewing in the back of my brain. I used to sit for hours in the library copying Durer, Memling, Van Eyck, Goya and Rembrandt. The photographer, Diane Arbus, was another of my inspirations. Her use of black and white hit me at the core of my Being. Black and white is the color of ancient photographs and old TV shows… it is the color of ghosts, longing, time passing, memory, and madness. Black and white ached. I realized that it was perfect for the imagery in my work.On view at Ace Gallery through March 2016.