A gorgeous exhibition of work by Andrew Hem entitled 'One Leads to Another' opening this weekend at LeBasse Projects.
From the press release:
"One Leads to Another"
A Solo Exhibition by Andrew Hem
January 16th February 13th, 2009
Opening reception: Saturday, October 17th, 7pm-10pm
Los Angeles, CA - LeBasse Projects is excited to present, One Leads to
Another, an exhibition of new works from Los Angeles based artist Andrew
Hem. In this anticipated solo project, Hem confronts the viewer with themes
of history and tragedy based on his native Cambodia.
Influenced by the idea of the ³Butterfly Effect,² where small differences in
decisions or movements can produce large variations in the long-term outcome
of events, Hem creates a series of "what if" scenarios where one storyline
diverges at the moment of a seemingly minor event resulting in two
significantly different outcomes. In this case the artist imagines if the
violent Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia had never taken power and how the
lives of the people would have been altered.
Hem¹s paintings return to acrylic after several shows of using oil in order
to create a more fluid and layered effect. The detailed characters portrayed
are layered over hauntingly sublime backgrounds of a past that has been
re-imagined based on the ³Butterfly Effect² and leads to the title of the
show: One Leads to Another.