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“Living Like Larry” Art Exhibit to Open at Miller Beach

     Using imagery from old magazines, the internet, and familial archives, artst Kevin Blake, creates collaged oil paint compositions that play on and use the idea of an American cultural memory as a way of connecting with his viewers. Exhibition Dates are July 21 – August 25, 2023.

     “Living Like Larry,” a meme popularized by the TV series SpongeBob SquarePants, is (on the surface) a mantra that encourages people to live their lives to the fullest. Larry the Lobster, known for his muscular physique and confident demeanor, is often seen as the epitome of success and happiness by his peers on the show. Here, in Blake’s work, the meme is used to reflect on society’s complex and often contradictory relationship with pleasure, materialism, and cultural norms.

     Blake’s pieces are humorous, hopeful, and at times grotesque, blending pop and historical references into skillful compositions. In one colorful piece a man wearing sports socks and sneakers bellyflops precariously toward an unseen pool, in another a swimsuit-clad woman peering over her cocktail seems split in two by her drinking straw – a normal summer scene made strange by Blake’s unique compositional touch. Figures lounge around pools, wear too many sunglasses, magically row into outer space.

     Opening Reception. Friday, August 4, 6 – 8 pm. Includes cash bar and light refreshments. The Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts is located at 540 S. Lake Street in Gary Indiana and can be reached at 219-885-9114, or millerbeacharts.org. Gallery hours are Tues – Sat. 11am – 2pm, Sundays 2 – 4pp, Closed Mondays .

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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak – a national news affiliate.

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Sue Baxter

Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.