From Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program
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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- [[Crush Collision:Arts Magazine|Arts Magazine article]
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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.
- 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.