Ted Larsen


 

TED LARSEN WORKING STATEMENT

The works I create supply commentary on minimalist belief systems and the ultimate importance of High Art practice. An artist's work usually adheres to the construct of a cohesive direction with the work illustrating a single theme or underscoring a didactic agenda. But such a logical order has no specific place in my studio practice.

Introducing alternative and salvage materials to my own formally driven abstract sculpture, I hope to bring purist shapes and surfaces back down to earth. I quest for new materials, "non-art materials" to create my work. The work is based on a post-meduim studio practice. I am constructing bricolage works in order to re-purpose the materials and re-identify their meanings: to re-contextualize and re-label the idea of Ready-mades. It is my on-going experimentation with contexts, hybrids, and scale.

The works keep possession of pleasing formality and visceral elegance while making fun of modernist purity. This is a tribute to anti-triumphalism, the spontaneous, non-hierarchical, un- monumental thematic artistic landscape which offers no specific resolution and no isolation of meaning.


bio

Ted Larsen (b. 1964, USA) is a nationally exhibiting artist and Pollock-Krasner Foundation recipient with a BA from Northern Arizona University. The work he creates supply commentary on minimalist belief systems and the ultimate importance of High Art practice. Since 2001, Larsen has used alternative and salvage materials in his studio exercises.

Ted Larsen's work has been exhibited widely in museums in the US, including the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, The Albuquerque Museum, The Amarillo Museum of Art, The Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, Missouri, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art as well as in over eighty gallery exhibitions. He has received grants from the Surdna Foundation and the Pollock Krasner Foundation, as well as residencies with the Edward F. Albee Foundation and Asilah Arts Festival in Morocco, where he was the selected to be the USA representative. He has guest lectured at The South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts in Greenville, South Carolina; University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico; The Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, California; The New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Texas Society of Architects, Dallas, Texas.

Larsen has been featured in Art in American, ArtNews, SouthWest Art, Mountain Living, Architectural Digest, Sculpture Magazine, and Art Gallery International magazines. He has had reviews in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Denver Post, and The Dallas Morning News amongst others. Larsen's work appears in the books Art On The Edge, Biennial Southwest, The Curtain of Trees, New American Paintings, and Millennium Collection. Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) produced an interview with Larsen.

Ted Larsen is included in the collections of The New Mexico Museum of Art, The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, Proctor & Gamble, The Bolivian Consulate, Reader's Digest, PepsiCo, The University of Miami, The University of Texas, Krasel Art Center, Dreyfus Funds, JP Morgan Chase, Forbes and Pioneer Hi-Bred, Inc.



Born in South Haven, Michigan.
Lives and Works in Santa Fe, New Mexico



Awards

  • 2018

    Nominated to the American Academy of Arts & Letters
  • 2012

    Artist Stipend Award, Wichita Falls Arts Council, Wichita Falls, Texas
  • 2011

    • Surdna Foundation, New York, New York, Educational Travel Grant
    • Asilah Arts Festival, Asilah, Morocco, United States of American Representative, Invited by the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI
  • 2009

    Edward F. Albee Foundation Residency Fellowship
  • 2008

    • Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant Award
    • Friends of Contemporary Art Purchase Prize, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 1996

    Open Studio Press Publication, Exhibition Award, Open Studio Press, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1995

    • First Place Painting, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado
    • Second Place Pastels and Drawing, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado
  • 1993

    • First Place Award of Painting Excellence, The Plaza Art Festival, Kansas City, Kansas
    • Third Place Pastels and Drawing, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, Denver, Colorado
  • 1987

    Exhibition Award, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona
  • 1986

    Award of Painting Distinction, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2022

    • Galerie Dutko, Paris, France
    • Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco
  • 2021

    Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia
  • 2020

    • Art Paris with Galerie Dutko, Paris, France
    • Galerie Dutko, Paris, France
    • Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas
    • Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
  • 2019

    • Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, New York
    • Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, California
    • VOLTA 15 Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland, with Pentimenti Gallery
  • 2018

    • Pentimenti Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
    • Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, New York
    • Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2017

    • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, Colorado
    • Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
    • The Old Jail Art Center (Cell Series), Albany, Texas
    • VOLTA13, Basel, Switzerland
    • Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, California
  • 2016

    • Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (Studio X), Summit, New Jersey
    • Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, New York
  • 2015

    • Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas
    • Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
  • 2014

    • Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
    • Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, New York
  • 2013

    • David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas
    • Pan American Art Projects, Miami, Florida
  • 2012

    • Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • McMurtrey Gallery, Houston, Texas
    • New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • OK Harris Works of Art, New York, New York
    • Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2011

    • Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado
    • Conduit Gallery, Dallas, Texas
  • 2010

    • Eight Modern, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • Pan American Art Projects, Miami, Florida
    • Clark Gallery, Lincoln, Massachusetts
  • 2009

    • Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, Idaho
  • 2008

    • Pan American Art Projects, Dallas, Texas
    • Eight Modern, Santa Fe, New Mexico
    • OK Harris Works of Art, New York, New York
  • 2007

    • Pan American Art Projects, Miami, Florida
    • Parks Gallery, Taos, New Mexico
    • LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2006

    • Madelyn Jordan Fine Art, Scarsdale, New York
    • Pan American Art Projects, Dallas, Texas
  • 2005

    • LewAllen Contemporary, Santa Fe, New Mexico