American Gothic (Saturday Night/Sunday Morning)

From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program

Artist: Chris Larson
August 3 – September 23, 2001
Minnesota Artists Gallery

Over the past decade, Chris Larson has created giant wood machines that, though immobile in real time and space, function in the mind of the viewer. Located at the transference point between the physical and spiritual (or between art and nonart), his contraptions also set the stage for out contemplation of the sacred and the profane.

In Larson's second film project, American Gothic (Saturday Night/Sunday Morning), he worked with director Jason Spafford and sound engineer Alex Oana, using his sculpture as a theatrical set. As creative director, actor, set and prop designer, and builder, Larson used the poetic themes of Americana and vaudeville to extend his inquiry into metamorphosis and the phenomenon country music calls “Saturday Night/Sunday Morning.” Larson played three different mythic characters. The actions of the first two-a magician and a farmhand-resulted in the birth of the third, a fancy-suited country-and-western guy with legs so long that he can't stand. It's a fancy but dark affair.


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  • Opening Reception and film screening: Thursday, August 2 – September 23, 2001 in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Artist-talk with Melissa Stang: Sunday, August 19, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery.
  • Artist-talk and film screening with Chris Larson: Thursday, August 23, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the Minnesota Artists Gallery and Pillsbury Auditorium.

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