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The Cruel Pleasures of Lori Larusso's Paintings
The fifth in our studio visit series funded by a grant from the Great Meadows Foundation, Miriam Kienle visits Lori Larusso's studio. Kienle finds that Larusso's realistic representations of domestic imperfection involving food and other common domestic scenes create a tension between everyday reality and the desire to have it all. A subtle and nuanced subversion lies beneath the surface of Larusso's work.

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Emily Ludwig Shaffer at Institute 193
New UnderMain contributing writer Dmitry Strakovsky reviews Shaffer's show, From the Ha-Ha Wall Comes the No-No Dance. The works in the show present puzzles in which "meticulously-rendered realism strains against the two-dimensional surface", and where the artist plays with visual perspective in nuanced and intriguing ways.

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From Cuba to Keeneland
Lee Carroll of the international concert series, Green Room Exchange, interviews Cuban recording artist, Xiomarra Laugert, about her upcoming Lexington performance and recording session. And UnderMain's Art Shechet interviews Railbird Festival co-producer, David Helmers, about the upcoming major Lexington music festival at Keeneland.
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On The Verge in The Doll's House
WEKU's Wendy Barnett interviews the director of the On The Verge theater company, Ave Lawyer, about the upcoming site-specific productions of Ibsen's compelling original play and contemporary playwright Lucas Hnath's sequel, which answers the question of what happens after Nora walks out the door.
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UnderMain started making studio visits several years ago. Jim Fields, Christine Huskisson and Art Shechet were the first to open a few doors. This year, our interest in bringing you the inside look at Kentucky artists has grown. Now funded by the Great Meadows Foundation, the project allows us to publish in-depth looks at the work of twelve artists and also to realize the talent of many new writers. Miriam Kienle's studio visit piece on artist Lori Larusso is the fifth in the series. Read the four previously published pieces.

Emily Elizabeth Goodman visits Melissa Vandenberg
Hunter Kissel visits Harry Sanchez, Jr. 
Jim Fields visits Skylar Smith
Keith Banner visits Michael Goodlett

UnderMain is now featured on regular segments of WEKU's Eastern Standard, hosted by our own Tom Martin. Broadcast on Thursdays at 11AM and rebroadcast at 7PM on Thursdays and Sundays at 6PM. Upcoming segments will include an interview with Donald Mason about the Juneteenth celebration with Nappy Roots at The Lyric Theater and Cultural Arts Center, and Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum, discussing Yinka Shonibare's The American Library, now on exhibit at the museum.
Watch our website,, for the rollout of our video compilation of Critical Mass III, UnderMain's March of 2019 event at The Carnegie in Covington, Kentucky, concerning regionalism in visual art. Coming soon!
With the cutbacks of local news, including arts and culture reporting and coverage throughout the newspaper industry and other news outlets, UnderMain is interested in expanding its reach and coverage of the region's arts and cultural news and events. We would love to hear any ideas that you may have for accomplishing this. Send ideas and suggestions to
And now more than ever don't forget that UnderMain is a 501(c)(3). You can contribute to our efforts to keep you informed about arts and culture in Lexington and the region. Donation links on every page at It's 2019. Buckle up. 
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