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The artist recently found a small photograph of himself at what appears to be age four or five. He is looking up at the camera\, squin ting because of the sun\, and holding a small amphibian\, likely a toad\, p ossibly a frog. He is not smiling but is clearly very content with himself and the amphibian. You get the idea that if the animal had teeth he might b e even more content. The amphibian is held earnestly in a gesture of offeri ng\, a gift for the cameraman or woman\, and possibly to anyone who might b e lucky enough to come across the photograph.

This gesture str ikes the artist as a fairly accurate metaphor for his way of working -- cha sing down some animal or small pleasure\, handling it for a while in an att empt to understand it\, and then showing it to someone who he believes migh t be interested\, and possibly impressed with his skill and tact at capturi ng the creature. Hopefully that animal will not have died somewhere along t he way from over-handling or neglect\, though these things happen from time to time. While the modes of presentation may have become slightly more sop histicated\, the original gesture remains mostly intact and can perhaps pro vide the viewer with a way to approach the exhibition\, which will consist of a number of objects and several sets of hands.

Michael Ian Larsen is originally from Nebraska and is currently pursuing an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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PER EGRINEPROGRAM presents The Tree\, the Gift\, and the Amphibian by Mi chael Ian Larsen from
Mar 10 - Apr 7\, 2013.
An opening reception will be held Sunday\, Mar 10\, 1-4 p.m.

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