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The Things We Need

Aaron LaShomb’s series of whimsical acrylic paintings explore the recipe for happiness.

Aaron LaShomb’s "Again" (acrylic on board 29.75" x 20")
  • Aaron LaShomb’s "Again" (acrylic on board 29.75" x 20")

What does it take to be happy? It's the sort of question that changes depending on who you ask. For Aaron LaShomb a series of whimsical acrylic paintings explore possible answers in The Things We Need. In some, like "Higher Learning," where a turtle sits atop a tower of burning books or "Prizes," which features balloons and a stag, I'm pretty sure I get the joke, whereas in others, like "Washed Out," in which a sad whale carries a city on its back, or "Lost and Found" as an elephant clings to a dingy next to a ship, things are less clear. That's the crux of this exhibit, though---the things we desire aren't always tangible and often don't make sense, objects, like LaShomb's work, speak to us in different ways. And sometimes, like in "Lovely" which features a rabbit that seems to be channelling Daisy Buchanan, maybe what we can read into it is a burning need for something sparkly. But that could just be me.

To June 4, Argyle Fine Art, 1559 Barrington Street, 425-9456


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