The Lora Schlesinger Gallery in Santa Monica is presenting 1962: New Paintings and Drawings, an exhibition of new works by artist Lawrence Gipe.

The exhibition opened April 3rd and will be on view through May 15th at the gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. T3, Santa Monica.

Gipe’s latest paintings and drawings are derived from photographic images published in 1962 by the Soviet Union. The photographs originated from USSR propaganda tracts written in German and aimed at Eastern Bloc audiences to promote and celebrate its achievements and influence, a gallery spokesperson says.

In 1962 Gipe shows how totalitarian power decided to portray itself through a self-generated photographic record, the spokesperson said. Choosing a variety of genres (bucolic and industrial landscapes, portraits and magazine journalism), Gipe represents them through paintings and drawings.

Gipe is currently the artist-in-residence at the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art and assistant professor of Studio Art at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Information, (310) 828-1133.