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Laura Larson

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Preserve, 2011 Sculpture 8" X 5.5" © Laura Larson
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the heart that rejoices, 2011 Photography 14" X 11" © Laura Larson
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remembering well, 2011 Photography 14" X 11" © Laura Larson
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early fall, 2011 Photography 14" X 11" © Laura Larson
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The Campaign for Co-creation at the Brand Library Art Galleries, 2011 Installation 13' X 10' X 10' © Laura Larson
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The Campaign for Co-creation, 2011 Mixed Media Installation 13' X 10' X10' © Laura Larson
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The Campaign for Co-creation table top, 2011 Mixed Media Sculpture and Pine Needles 7' X 3' X Variable Height © Laura Larson
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detail of table top, 2011 Mixed Media Sculpture With Pine Needles © Laura Larson
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Lightning in the Campaign for Co-creation tent, 2011 Branch, Paint, Silver Thread, Helicopter Seeds © Laura Larson
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Carl Sagan Quote for the Campaign for Co-creation, 2010-11 Director's Chair With Swedish Linen and Embroidery © Laura Larson
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Terrence McKenna Quote for the Campaign for Co-creation, 2010-11 Director's Chair With Swedish Linen and Embroidery © Laura Larson
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Epidermis Emporium, 2007 Sculptural Installation 10" X 13" X 200" © Laura Larson
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The Epidermis Emporium at Kristie Engle © Courtesy the Artist
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Painted Ladies from the Epidermis Emporium Mixed Media Sculptural Installation © Laura Larson
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A Woman's Place for Phantom Gallery and LAAA Storefront Installation at the Homestead House/phantom Gallery/go Native © Laura Larson
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Mrs. Peel from The Looking Glass Lounge at HAUS Mixed Media Installation © Laura Larson
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Elaine from The Looking Glass Lounge © Laura Larson
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Griet from The Looking Glass Lounge Mixed Media Installation at Laaa/gallery 825 © Laura Larson
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Evolving Desire C, 2014 Embroidered Drawings on Cut Velvet 84" X 55"
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Evolving Desire B, 2014 Embroidered Drawings on Cut Velvet 84" X 55"
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Cherish, April/May 2014 Mixed Media Installation at Laaa/gallery 825
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Bee Preserve Mixed Media Installation, Bees, Salt Shakers, Shelf
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The Last Mixed Media, Dragonfly Wings, Vintage Fabric, Frame
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Chicago, Illinois
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Representing galleries
Tags
spiritual mixed-media installation, figurative, conceptual, sculpture
Statement

I have always known that my calling was to be an artist. It has been my outlet for understanding our nature – our body, mind and spirit – as well as our relationship to the planet and the universe beyond. Yes, the big picture.  But since no one can ever see the entire picture, I have spent time working on each category, one by one, from the interior to the exterior and back again in some apparent spiraling motion.

Ultimately, I am interested in the concept of time, how we determine progress and how value is assessed. I am drawn to serial investigations that are the sum of their parts.  I still believe that art can make a difference in our society. 

CV

 EDUCATION

1999     UCLA Extension - form Z – a 3 dimensional rendering program that has been helpful in visualizing and presenting projects incorporating interior and exterior space.

1988, 1989 UCLA Extension – Printmaking

1987     UCLA Extension - Figure Anatomy (Drawing)

1980     DBD (Doing By Doing), performance art class taught by Rachel Rosenthal

1969-1973 Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin,

            B.A. in Fine Arts and Speech Communications / Theatre Arts

            Major area of interest in Fine Arts – printmaking and drawing. 

Major area of interest in Theatre Arts – scene painting, costuming and fabrication of props.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2014   "Cherish" at Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825, Los Angeles

2009     “The Clearing” at Main Street Gallery, Pomona, CA

2008     “Epidermis Emporium” at Main Street Gallery, Pomona, CA

2007     “Epidermis Emporium,” Kristi Engle Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“The Looking Glass Lounge,” site specific installation, Los Angeles Art Association, Gallery 825 – Los Angeles, CA

“Looking Glass Lounge,” site specific installation in the Alcove Gallery, Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, CA

2005     “The Looking Glass Lounge,” site specific installation for HAUS Gallery, Pasadena, California 

1990     “Outside-Inside-Out”, site specific installation for the Los Angeles Festival, Open Festival, Hollywood

GRANTS

2004   ARC Grant (Artist Resource for Completion) from the Durfee Foundation

SELECTED INVITATIONAL EXHIBITIONS

2011     TarFest- installation in the La Brea Tar Pit Park, Los Angeles, California

“Inside/Out” Brand Library, Art Galleries – a four person show

“CHAIN LETTER LONDON: Swarm of Consciousness” – website exhibition

2009     “Nature and Nurture,” Bleicher/Golightly, Santa Monica, California

2008     “Naked Truth, Figure as Form and Spirit,” dba256 Gallery, Pomona, California

2007     HAUSGUEST, Brewrey Projects, Los Angeles, an exhibition of 200 artists benefiting the People of Darfur of the Sudan, hosted by HAUS

1996     “When The Bough Breaks,” The Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, California.  curated by Susan Hill, artist           

1994     “1010” Small Artworks,” The New gallery, Santa Monica, California, curated by Maria Walsh

1991     “Southern California Women’s Caucus For Art Exhibition,” Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, Lancaster, California, Curated by Norma Gurba

1989     Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Art Auction Invitational, Irvine, California

1983     “Downey Museum of Art Silver Jubilee Retrospective Exhibit,” Downey, California, invitational

1980     “Seven Selected Women Who Worked on The Dinner Party By Judy Chicago,” M.E. Gallery, Houston, Texas

1977      “The Dinner Party,” (collaborative exhibition by Judy Chicago), numerous venues in the U.S. Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITION 

2013     California Sculpture SLAM, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art, San Luis Obispo, CA

            CHAIN LETTER LONDON: Swarm of Consciousness” – website exhibition

2011     “Gifted”  Bleicher/Golightly Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

“4th Annual Juried Show 2011, Sylvia White Gallery, Ventura, CA  Juror: Sylvia White

HECHO A MANO – LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Idurre Alonso, Curator, Museum of Latin American Art

2010     “Exalted One” – LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA, Juror: Sam Lee, Sam Lee Gallery

“Revisiting Beauty,” Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Juror: Peter Frank, Riverside Art Museum

2009     “The Lingering Feast,” LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California, Juror: Merry Karnowsky, Merry Karnowsky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

“ProVisional Art,” Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Juror: Shane Guffogg, Pharmaka Gallery

2008     “Novella,” LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California, Juror: Meg Linton, Curator,

Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design

“Venus – Goddess of Love” LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California, Juror: Andi Campognone

2007     “A Woman’s Place” window installation at Homestead House in Pasadena, CA

Phantom Galleries/Gallery 825 collaboration for “Go Native”

Crackerjack – LAAA/Gallery 825, Juror: Jay Belloli, Director of the Armory Center for the Arts

Artscene:25 at LACMA – two centerpiece sculptures for the luncheon/celebration

2006     TarFest – installation at Desmond Building on Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Jurors included:  Wesley Jessup, Molly Barnes, Peter Frank, Sinead Finnerty-Pine, James Panozzo

“GEM” LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California, Juror: Joni Gordon, Newspace Gallery

“Open Show,” LAAA/Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California, Juror: Wesley Jessup, Museum Director, Pasadena Museum of California Art

2001     “The Elements – Air, Water, Fire and Earth,” The Second City Council, Long Beach, California.  juror: Tyler Stallings, Curator of Exhibitions, Laguna Art Museum

1997     “Primary Colors,”  3 locations: SITE Gallery, Watts Art Center, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, California.  juror:  Roy Dowell, artist

“Made in California,” City of Brea Gallery, Brea, California.  Juror:   Noel Korten, Curator/Director of Exhibitions at the Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, California.

1994     “90th Open,” National Competition, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, California.

juror:  Gilah Yelin Hirsch, artist

1993     “L.A. Biblioteca,” SITE Gallery, Los Angeles, California

1992     “2nd Annual International Miniprint Exhibition.”  Juniper Gallery/Napa Art   Center, Napa, California.  jurors:  Peter Frank and Barbara Galuszka

“Long Beach Arts Southern California Open Juried Exhibit,”  Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, California.  juror:  William Hipps, Director of Angel's Gate Cultural Center

 

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS

2010     Commissioned to create window screen for Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 front window for 85th Anniversary Celebration

2002 – 2006    Awarded commission to create artwork for Fire Station #65, 103rd and East Century Blvd, Watts, Los Angeles (through the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs)

2002 design completion.    Commissioned to create a railing design for the Pacoima Bicycle Bridge over the Pacoima Wash at San Fernando Road (through the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineering and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs)

1999 – 2001   Awarded Commission by City of Pasadena, Cultural Affairs Division to create public art for Fire Station #34,on the campus of Cal Tech at Del Mar and Holliston, Pasadena, California

1998 – 2001  Commissioned by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to create public art for the Department of Recreation and Parks for the Van Ness Child Care Center in South Los Angeles, California.

1997 – 2007   Awarded commission by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to create public art for the Department of Recreation and Parks for the Downey Child Care Facility in Lincoln Heights, California.

1995 – 1999  Awarded commission by Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to create public art for the Department of Transportation - Parking Enforcement Facility, West Los Angeles, California.

2001  Community of Angels" public art project, benefiting the Volunteers of America and Catholic Big Brothers.   Sponsor of the selected piece, “The Travel Angel,” was the Los Angeles Convention &Visitors Bureau.  Acquired by the Farmers Market, at 3rd and Fairfax. 

2006-2008  Selected for the pre-qualified list for the Los Angeles County Arts Commission

PUBLICATIONS

Art Space Talk: Laura Larson – myartspace.com, interview by Brian Sherwin March 15, 2009

“SHORTCUTS Anglais seconde”. Published by HACHETTE LIVRE EDUCATION featuring a photo of the Travel Angel 2009

“Los Angeles Art Association – Volume 1”– LAAA catalog  2009

“Don’t Cover Your Eyes,” Stacy Davies, Inland Empire Weekly, February 21-27,2008

“Through the Looking Glass,” Venessa Franko, The Press-Enterprise, January 4, 2007

Dottie Moore internet interview on http://Ladybuglive.com - artist profile in “The Gallery” 2006

Profile in “The Fund for Women Artist” at www.womenart.org 2006

 “URBAN SURPRISES: A Guide to Public Art in Los Angeles,” edited by Gloria Gerace, published by Balcony Press, Glendale, California, under the auspices of the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, 2002

“A Community of Angeles,” Angel City Press, written by Marnie Tenden, photographed by Michele Dugan, Designed by Hannah Kaufman, 2001

Betty Brown, “Diverse Concerns”, ARTWEEK, April 16, 1983.

AFFILIATIONS

The Feminist Art Project 

Institute for Women & Art @ Rutgers

Documentation for both “The Looking Glass Lounge” and “Epidermis Emporium” are housed physically at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey (as well as mentioned on the internet site)

Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825

2006 – 2011      member

SITE – Seeking It Through Exhibitions - an artist run non-profit arts organization and exhibition space.

1999 – 2000      President - Board of Directors

1998 – 1999      Co-President - Board of Directors         

1997 – 1998      Exhibition Coordinator

1995 – 1997      Exhibition Committee