Dean and Laura Larson | The Council Gathers in Time, Solo Exhibition

Dean and Laura Larson | The Council Gathers in Time, Solo Exhibition

DEAN AND LAURA LARSON’S ‘MOURNERS’ USE THE PAST TO ENCOUNTER THE FUTURE AT GALLERY 825 (LAAA), WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA

OPENING RECEPTION ON SEPTEMBER 8TH, 6-9 PM; ON VIEW THROUGH OCTOBER 12TH, 2018

(Los Angeles, CA) Spanning several years, Laura and Dean Larson’s new solo show The Council Gathers in Time marks the completion of their third collaborative body of work. In continuing the use of sculpted human-animal hybrid bronze figures the duo’s playful mixture of mediums sets the stage for unforeseen lyrical encounters.

The work’s retracing of historical events through its ‘council’ of human-animal hybrid characters are presented independently as sculpture, through photographs and a limited-edition art book. The bronze-casted figures reference the poses and scale of The Mourners, a series of 14th and 15th century alabaster sculptures of monks and clerics encircling a tomb. These embodiments of late medieval devotion inspire the Larson’s characters as they are also found presented in various locales throughout Europe. With nineteen figures in all, their animal heads reveal themselves to be among various endangered species.

Mounted continuously across three gallery walls will be an archival pigment print on canvas. The Council Gathers in Time depicts the travels of the Council from the home planet to this planet as they come to discover the cause of its sixth mass extinction. This journey continues across the Baltic Sea, Scandinavia, Finland, Russia and Germany.

Art historian Betty Brown writes about this work, “The two artists have woven Dean’s images of space into a seamless backdrop for a creation/destruction narrative linking the mythic animal monks and our planet’s environmental devastation. At 17 inches tall and over 23 feet in length, the horizontally extended frieze recalls the medieval masterpiece known as the Bayeux Tapestry, a woolen-embroidery-on-linen textile recording William of Normandy’s invasion of England in the eleventh century.”

For more information on Laura and Dean Larson’s collaborations and individual work, please visit their website:

http://www.larsonart.net/index.html

LAAA (Gallery 825 is located at:
825 N. La Cienaga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 PM

Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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