In The Pines
New Landscape Paintings by Kendra Larson
June 3rd - 27th, 2011
Curated by Charles Siegfried
First Friday, June 3rd
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Mountain ranges, lakes seemingly on fire, views of the night sky shimmer. Kendra Larson paints the land, paints the sky. Landscape painting for Larson is about the awe, about the chaos and immenseness of the natural world.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Landscape painting has historically helped clarify each generation’s understanding of Place. In other words, the social and political atmosphere is reflected in our art and the way in which we depict our world. My work is a collection of paintings that function within this tradition. By meditating on a natural world through technological, mystical, and art-historical nods, I am reflecting a generation marked by the uncertainty and nostalgia brought on by globalization. With the recent global financial collapse and rebuilding of infrastructure, the building materials I weave into my paintings have taken on complex new meaning. The playful, magical, and emotional quality of this work ultimately helps to shed new light on what we call landscape painting. My paintings are a discovery of an unforeseen sense of Place and a questioning of evolving perception. Though I am working within the grand tradition of representational landscape painting, there is a point where I draw out and highlight the material properties of paint through shifting its application. I enjoy landscape painting because each piece can be full of personality and abundant with unforeseen opportunity. The subtle poetry, complicated color, and unique compositions make the process of painting exciting. My fascination with nature stems from an interest in contemporary film noir, literature on the woods, and research of natural phenomena. In my art practice, I find that chaos, awe and fear are revealed in ways I could not plan when I begin a piece.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Larson received her MFA in Painting at University of Wisconsin, Madison and has shown her work in venues including: Lewis and Clark College (Portland, OR), the University of Minnesota’s Nash Gallery (Minneapolis, MN), and Overture Center for the Art (Madison, WI). Her work has appeared in publications such as The Bear Deluxe and Tree Sap Magazine.
She is a past Caldera (Sisters, Oregon) and New Pacific Studios (Masterton, New Zealand) resident who teaches at Willamette University.
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Summer Lake Grasses