It was so rewarding to see Laurie Lipton’s fantastically detailed works up close and personal after viewing them on the computer for so long. Each piece is a journey down the strokes of a graphite pencil line maze, each image offering up more the closer you look. Some whirl along with flowing movement toward their shapes while others cross-hatch and build steadily in layers. The newer works reflect quite a bit on the empty vain values of the darker side of LA – the Beverly Hills housewife, plastic surgery, selfish vanity, shopping as a religious career, robotic consumerism, demons & nightmares of mortality and society’s conflicted view of beauty. These strong works each have something to say and make no bones about getting in your face to say it.