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'''Artist: Chris Larson'''<br> '''Artist: Chris Larson'''<br>
November 17, 2006-January 7, 2007 November 17, 2006-January 7, 2007
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-On September 15, 1896, a reported 50,000 spectators gathered in a town just north of Waco called Crush, Texas in anticipation of the planned collision of two 32-ton locomotives, each pulling seven boxcars, at a combined speed of 120 miles per hour. Finally, at 5:10 pm, the trains, whistles wailing, engines gleaming, careened toward each other. As the crowd cheered, the locomotives met in a thunderous crash before settling in a silent heap. Simultaneously both engines’ boilers exploded. Chunks of metal flew through the air, killing and injuring spectators. Regardless, the Crush Collision was considered a success. Ragtime composer Scott Joplin was among the spectators that day. The crash inspired him to write ''The Great Crush Collision March''.  
In the tradition of early American storytellers, Chris Larson spins yarns. Rather than words and music however, he tells his tales through large-scale sculpture and film. At the center of the exhibition is ''Crush Collision'', his fourth film with producer Jason Spafford and sound designer Alex Oana. The twelve-minute film, which takes place in a house floating on the water, is a complex examination of the dualities of human existence. Accompanying the film is the 16 x 14 foot, 2-story house that spent the winter frozen in the lake where the film was made. In the tradition of early American storytellers, Chris Larson spins yarns. Rather than words and music however, he tells his tales through large-scale sculpture and film. At the center of the exhibition is ''Crush Collision'', his fourth film with producer Jason Spafford and sound designer Alex Oana. The twelve-minute film, which takes place in a house floating on the water, is a complex examination of the dualities of human existence. Accompanying the film is the 16 x 14 foot, 2-story house that spent the winter frozen in the lake where the film was made.
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==Related Works of Art== ==Related Works of Art==
 +<gallery>
 +Image:2006_Larson_1.jpg|Still from ''Crush Collision''
 +Image:2006_Larson_2.jpg|Still from ''Crush Collision''
 +Image:2006_Larson_3.jpg|Still from ''Crush Collision''
 +Image:2006_Larson_7.jpg|Still from ''Crush Collision''
 +Image:2006_Larson_9.jpg|Still from ''Crush Collision''
 +Image:2006_Larson_10.jpg|Still from ''Crush Collision''
 +Image:2006_Larson_11.jpg|Still from ''Crush Collision''
 +Image:2006_Larson_20.jpg|''Crush Collision'' installation
 +Image:2006_Larson_21.jpg|''Crush Collision'' installation
 +Image:2006_Larson_22.jpg|''Crush Collision'' installation
 +Image:2006_Larson_23.jpg|''Crush Collision'' installation
 +</gallery>
==Related Materials== ==Related Materials==
 +*[http://54.211.145.217/wiki/images/7/74/ChrisLarson2006_brochure.pdf Brochure (PDF file)]
 +*[[Crush Collision:Podcast|Podcast]]
 +*[[Crush Collision:Arts Magazine|Arts Magazine article]]
 +*[[Crush Collision:Press Release|Press Release]]
-==Conversations==+==Your Comments Here==
 +Loved it, loved it, loved it.
 + 
 +Through hitting us over the head with mundane processes, Mr. Larson leads us into a re-appreciation of mechanism as narrative. A meta-narrative of the endless cycle of life from clay to clay. Condensed time-based performance and the detourned familiarity of the house on the water and burnt in the gallery contribute to the familiar/unfamiliar countdown to ekstasis from this clay. The final out-of-body experience through the intense physio-spiritual involvement of the players harvesting the clay and blessing their meal is its own reward. Like the accumualted skin and dirt on a guitarist's fret, life is in the details.
 +-Sean Smuda, former panelist.
==Related Events== ==Related Events==
-*''Shotgun Shack'' at [http://www.creativeelectricstudios.com/ Creative Electric Studios]. Performance on November 11, 2006, 6:00pm - 11:00pm+*Opening Reception: Thursday, November 16 from 7 pm to 9 pm in the MAEP galleries. Music by ''The Spiritual Knights''.
- +*Artist Led Tour: Thursday, November 30 at 7 pm in the MAEP galleries.
 +*Critics' Trialogue: Thursday, December 7 at 7 pm in the MAEP galleries with Kris Douglas.
 +*''Shotgun Shack'' at [http://www.creativeelectricstudios.com/ Creative Electric Studios]. Performance on November 11, 2006, 6:00pm - 11:00pm.
==Related Exhibitions== ==Related Exhibitions==

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Artist: Chris Larson
November 17, 2006-January 7, 2007

In the tradition of early American storytellers, Chris Larson spins yarns. Rather than words and music however, he tells his tales through large-scale sculpture and film. At the center of the exhibition is Crush Collision, his fourth film with producer Jason Spafford and sound designer Alex Oana. The twelve-minute film, which takes place in a house floating on the water, is a complex examination of the dualities of human existence. Accompanying the film is the 16 x 14 foot, 2-story house that spent the winter frozen in the lake where the film was made.

Larson’s collisions from America’s past, present, and future cultures present a conversation among different and similar worlds. Where people, ideals, thoughts, race, beliefs, art, religions and politics are constantly colliding, Larson smashes them together to see what unfolds.

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Your Comments Here

Loved it, loved it, loved it.

Through hitting us over the head with mundane processes, Mr. Larson leads us into a re-appreciation of mechanism as narrative. A meta-narrative of the endless cycle of life from clay to clay. Condensed time-based performance and the detourned familiarity of the house on the water and burnt in the gallery contribute to the familiar/unfamiliar countdown to ekstasis from this clay. The final out-of-body experience through the intense physio-spiritual involvement of the players harvesting the clay and blessing their meal is its own reward. Like the accumualted skin and dirt on a guitarist's fret, life is in the details. -Sean Smuda, former panelist.

Related Events

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, November 16 from 7 pm to 9 pm in the MAEP galleries. Music by The Spiritual Knights.
  • Artist Led Tour: Thursday, November 30 at 7 pm in the MAEP galleries.
  • Critics' Trialogue: Thursday, December 7 at 7 pm in the MAEP galleries with Kris Douglas.
  • Shotgun Shack at Creative Electric Studios. Performance on November 11, 2006, 6:00pm - 11:00pm.

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