Aug 2, 2017
“Some Assembly Required,” an Exhibition of Ted Larsen's Latest Salvaged and Repurposed Metal Constructions at David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe.
Larsen’s artwork is reductive, material and instantly intriguing. The openness and range of dimensions for this newest work—from a small floor piece 12 x 7 x 12 inches to a wall-mounted and floor supported piece of 80 x 30 x 73 inches—creates a tension between the constructions and the exhibition space as well as between the various artworks. Using wooden and metal supports clad in repurposed metal and other non-traditional and industrial materials, often with exposed rivets and support structures, Larsen reveals both his process and patina of the salvaged steel. Through his wall constructions he explores the tension between painting and sculpture, referencing and conflating Minimalism, hard-edge painting and Op Art. There is also an element of discovery as the multi-dimensional pieces engage the viewer and beg investigation of the sides and behind the protruding elements, evoking a Zen-inspired sensibility that celebrates chance and a continuum of the materials from one form and purpose to another.