This August 2018 article by Bondo Wyszpolskiin Easy Reader, Inc. highlights the political art theme and artists behind a show entitled “The Faces Within,” at South Bay Contemporary, curated by LA artist and author Karrie Ross. Featuring 14 artists, the unique concept behind this timely exhibit had each artist painting one half of a face, addressing the dichotomy of the political situation currently dividing our nation. Each artist was given a 15” X 30” canvas and asked to create either the left or right side of a face that would then be paired with an opposite half painted by another artist. The result was seven large paintings, 30” by 30”, comprised of two separate half-faces.
Nancy Larrew, referring to the title of her work, “No One Will Believe You,” with regard to the “inner voice” that often prevents us from speaking up after being personally assaulted had this to say: “This election process has amplified that voice by allowing a self-proclaimed celebrity, pussy-grabbing misogynist’s behavior to be normalized into ‘locker (room) talk,’ while allowing its implications to be overlooked under the pretense of making America great again.”
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In this recapby Art and Cake of the LA Art Show in January 2016, Larrew’s mixed-media sculptural piece exhibited by bG Gallery was singled out at a piece that stood out as a powerful commentary on one of today’s most turbulent socio-political issues – that of immigration and the refugee crisis. Her piece, entitled “Crossing Over,” depicts men, woman and children packed in a wooden boat. Never one to shy away from controversial topics, her powerful piece of political art addresses the upheaval that Trump has created with his zero-tolerance enforcement of illegal immigration.
Coagula Art Journal, August 2011highlights the start of LA’s Fall art season with a few selections from around town. Featured in the pictorial round-up of LA’s most interesting openings of the week was a piece by Larrew called Vanity, from the show entitled “Feel Sighted”, at the Bleicher Golightly Gallery in Santa Monica. The exhibit, curated by Hannah Kim, presented the art to blind-folded viewers who were led through the gallery to experience the art via touch. Nancy’s contemporary abstract sculpture created from cosmetic containers and makeup bottles addressed the concept of beauty, and the posed the question that if you are bind, what makes you feel beautiful.
This piece posted by Diversions LA on August 6, 2015, reviews the “Island Girls” exhibit at bG Gallery in Santa Monica. The show consisted of an auspicious line-up of all female artists centered on the theme of solitude and its’ various meanings and circumstances. From isolation to discrimination, defiant anger to introspection, this exhibit focuses on the range of emotions and situations where women often feel they are abandoned on a remote island within the confines of todays’ society.
One of our favorites this year was “Island Girls,” a collection of fascinating art by female artists.
The exhibit included works curated by Shaye Nelson and Nancy Larrew. The awesomely diverse group of artists represented include: Wangechi Mutu, Sue Wong, Madam X, Cathy Weiss, Linda Vallejo, Megan Whitmarsh, Kristine Schomaker, Sarah Stieber, Linda Smith, Erin Reiter, Courtney Reid, Gay Summer Rick, Allie Pohl, Trinity Martin, Nancy Larrew, Michelle Lilly, Mia Loucks, Kate Jackson, Brenda Jamrus, Simone Gad, Carol Friedman, MK Decca, Wini Brewer, Terri Berman, Nora Berman, Sofia Arreguin. Thematically the exhibit addressed an important topic: the isolation women artists can feel, alone among male peers when emerging from studio, forced to choose between family and career. The works in this exhibit detailed a wide emotional range of reactions to this situation, from amusement to introspection, from anger to contentment, from defiance to self-reflection.
This Huffington Post article by renowned critic and writer Shana Nys Dambrot in June 2017 reviews “Inside the Jewel Box,” a show curated by Larrew at The Fine Arts Building, a beautiful 1920’s –era historic gem in the center of Downtown Los Angeles. The lobby of this building - which was originally conceived as a studio complex for fine artists - happens to be fitted with large and elaborate glass display vitrines, the perfect showcase for the intricately embellished assemblage works created by Ramona Otto. Larrew, a fan and collector of Otto’s, worked with Gallery Manager Lisa Ames of Art & Architecture to bring her vision to life. Collecting and re-purposing found objects to create one-of-kind sculptural pieces, Otto’s work is a visual delight, incorporating beads, buttons, old jewelry, watches, political pins and all matter of vintage treasures to create her work, which includes covering animal statues, mannequins, dolls and other items with opulence. Read more and see photos here: