The Porter Contemporary gallery in Chelsea is currently presenting a collection of new paintings by Lori Larusso in an exhibition titled We’ll Be Happier Tomorrow. For her first solo show at the gallery, Larusso offers works that revolve around what the American dream means to most people and the hope that these ideals can be achieved someday. Works such as Preyer illustrate how unrealistic and far away some of these goals might be with the isolated image of a long ladder leading to a house up in a tree and an American eagle staring down upon it condescendingly. The ladder represents how long it could take to achieve the idea of living in a house in a peaceful suburban community and the eagle looking down on it symbolizes how silly it is to have such dreams. Similarly, a piece titled Development features an isolated image of a bulldozer removing excess dirt and impurities from a countryside meadow where flowers bloom and deer roam, symbolizing the ideal of a less polluted environment. At The Porter Contemporary Gallery, 548 W. 28th St., through Oct. 12. The gallery is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays by appointment; Thursdays from 11 a.m.—8 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.—6 p.m.
October 1, 2013