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Theodore Svenningsen

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iF AND ONLY IF, ND Acrylic On Canvas 42" X 42" © Yes
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SHE WAS TRAPPED IN HER LIFE, ND Mixed Media On Paper 23" X 29" © yes
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LOGIC ALWAYS GOT IN THE WAY, ND Mixed Media On Paper 29" X 23" © yes
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IT'S BETTER TO BE STUPID, ND Watercolor On Paper 16" X 22" © yes
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YOU CAN'T PAINT A THEORY, ND Watercolor On Paper 18" X 23 1/2" © yes
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THIS IS THE FORM OF THIS PAINTING, ND Acrylic And Watercolor On Canvas 12" X 12" © Yes
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HE LIVED IN A WORLD WHERE MONEY HAD REPLACED EMOTION, ND Mixed Media On Paper 29' X 23" © Yes
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HE ALWAYS JUDGED PEOPLE BY HOW MUCH MONEY THEY HAD, ND Mixed Media On Paper 29" X 21 1/2" © Yes
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MONEY AND EMOTION, ND Mixed Media On Paper 26" X 33" © Yes
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ONLY THIS IS THIS PAINTING, ND Acrylic On Canvas 30" X 30" © Yes
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UNTITLED, ND Acrylic On Canvas 24" X 24" © Yes
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THIS IS THIS PAINTING, ND Acrylic On Canvas 30" X 30" © Yes
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If and Only If
20130515001831-diner
Untitled, 2013 Mixed Media On Paper 11" X 14"
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Untitled Acrylic On Canvas 24 X 24 Inches © 2013
20131119021051-long_train_in_snow_--_ts
Long Train in Snow Oil On Canvas 24 X 48 Inches © 2013
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Quick Facts
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text painting drawing conceptual
Statement

MFA , painting,  Otis College of Art and Design

MA,  Philosophy,  UCLA ,  Advanced to Doctoral Candidacy.  Dissertation, The Concept of Beauty in Art Theory.

BA,  Philosophy,  UCLA , graduated cum laude                                          

email  theodoresf@yahoo.com

website   theodoresf.com 

ABOUT THE WORK

The  text/conceptual  work is comprised of various areas of interest.   One involvement is with theory driven art and concerns the exploration of the self -referential substratum forming the underpinnings of such art.

A second, unrelated to the first, area of interest concerns interrelationships between individual persons and the larger group; and investigates the difficulties and inabilities of these certain individuals to fit in.

The text, words (or signs,as words are referred to in semiotics) are, in these pieces, used in their usual, everyday, denotative, narrative manner. The text also becomes, in the work, an aesthetic entity in itself, independent of its denotative meaning. A conflation of these two aspects is integral to the work.  Logic symbolism forms the basis of the aesthetic element in a number of the pieces.

Additional areas of concern involve the investigation of money in society and its position as almost the only criterion of importance in judging a life, dominating, and almost obliterating all truly human propensities. Another concern involves the actual, but mostly ignored, temporariness of life.

Although all of the above is the very substance of the art, it all remains within a consideration of the visual experience; for, after all is said and done, it is the visual arts.

 

EXHIBITED AT THESE VENUES

 

The New Museun of Contemporary Art, New York,N.Y.

The Drawing Center,New York,N.Y.

Artists Space, New York,N.Y.

Now Gallery, New York, N.Y.

ROOM gallery, New York,N.Y.

Kathryn Sermas Gallery, New York,N.Y.

80 Washington Square East Gallery, New York University,New York, N.Y.

City Without Walls, Newark, N.J.

Offramp Gallery,  Pasadena, CA

Post Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

The Brewery Project, Los Angeles, CA

Japanese American Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA

The Platt and Bornstein Gallery, University of Judaism, Bel Air, CA

Transport Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Haus Gallery, Pasadena ,CA

HUDSON | LINC , LosAngeles,CA

Lawrence Asher Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, CA

Edward Giardina Contemporary Fine Art, Santa Ana, CA

Raid Projects, Santa Ana, CA

 

 

  

EXHIBITED WITH THESE ARTISTS

 

Kiki Smith                             Bruce Nauman                       Allen Ruppersburg

Jenny Holzer                         Karen Kilimnik                        Elizabeth Murry

Annette Lemieux                   Richard Prince                        Pat Steir

Marylin Minter                       John Baldessari                      Stephen Westfall

William Wegman                  JoyceTreiman                           Guy de Cointet

Marion Estes                        Astrid Preston                         Sherry Brody

Mineko Grimmer                   Coleen Sterritt                          Allen Kaprow

Hans Haache                        Felix Gonzalez-Torres              Nancy Monk

Carolee Schneeman              Joyce Lightbody                       Eleanor Antin

Carol Caroompas                   Ed Rusche                              Betye Saar

Alexis Smith                         Niki de Saint Phalle                  Claudia Parducci

 

COLLECTIONS   ( selected )

Museum of Modern Art, artists book collection,  New York, N.Y.

Otis College of Art and Design, artists book collection, Los Angeles, CA

University of Iowa,Special Collections, Artworks and Bookworks, Iowa City, IA

Bank of America, San Francisco, CA

J.P.Morgan Guarantee Trust, New York, N.Y.

Prudential Insurance Company of America, Newark, N.J.

Burlington Northern Railroad Corporate Headquarters, Seattle, WA

Madison Arts Center, Madison,WI

Broad National Bank Corporate Collection, Newark,N.J.

 

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

The work is in numerous private collections

 

INFORMATION AND MATERIAL IN ARCHIVES OF THESE MUSEUMS   

Museum of Modern Art, New York, N.Y.        

Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.                                                                                                                                     

 

 

COMMISSIONS

Mural at the School of Architecture of the University of California at Los Angeles,CA

Mural at Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles,CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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