Ariana Papademetropoulos "The Man Who Saved A Dog From An Imaginary Fire" @ Wilding Cran Gallery In Los Angeles

Taking inspiration from imagined spaces, vintage magazines, and books, Papademetropoulos creates environments that juxtapose ideas of perception and delusion. By using both realism and trompe l'oeil she references the history of painting while further developing the sense of illusion within her work. Featuring new paintings and installation, this exhibition focuses on our relationship to decor and interior space- it invites us to question functionality and taste, reality and fantasy. In a painting of a church interior the walls blur to the outside where the viewer is transported to a ‘Disneyfied’ realm; a surrealist dysfunctional home interior takes us ‘down the rabbit hole’ to a topsy-turvy space where everything is out of our reach, questioning our assumptions of home as comfort and retreat. Finally, the artist brings together a collection of more than 200 gothic romance novels, all written by women. Each paperback has a different title and a different story, yet all of the book covers share the common theme of a woman running out of a house from a presumed horrific fate. With this, she invites the viewer to confront the contradictions of fantasy vs horror, and ultimately the duplicity and hypocrisy within our popular culture. Ariana Papademetropoulos "The Man Who Saved A Dog From An Imaginary Fire" will be on view until October 26, 2017, at Wilding Cran Gallery 939 South Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles. photographs by Oliver Maxwell Kupper