Ted Larsen & Carolina Sardi
In a society obsessed with excess, it is rare to come across two artists who base their visual idiom on minimalist beliefs. The works of Carolina Sardi and Ted Larsen share creative chemistry, engaging in a discourse that transcends basic elements and explores the fundamental nature of their worlds.
Carolina Sardi’s wall installations are poetic equations that dissect the artist’s world. Titling many of her pieces “Associations” Sardi makes precise use of formal artistic elements that resonate beyond aestheticism. As the artist best explains, “Although I work mainly with steel, my pieces have an organic sensibility that reflects my interest in the basic interactions of life.” Sardi’s latest series titled “Constellations” delicately trace celestial paths. The sophisticated Calder-like sculptures are a departure from her previous series of colorful free-flowing installations. Even though these works are made of single pieces rather than individually installed shapes, they possess the speed, and sleek mobility of shooting stars.
Born and raised in Argentina, Sardi earned her Master’s Degree in Sculpture at the National University of La Plata, where she also studied Architecture and Urbanism with the artist Enio Iommi. Carolina has been living and working in Miami since 1995.
Ted Larsen, a former landscape artist who began working with salvaged metal in 2000. His experimentation with this media resulted in self-referential works that speak little to the object they once were. In his latest series Larsen explores the importance of the individual as a component of the “whole”. He has translated this internal dialogue into works like “Volume Control” a wall sculpture comprised of small boxes arranged in a maze-like pattern. The work forces the viewer to breakdown the sculpture into its basic components, to retrace the artist’s process. Left with no referential substance, the viewer must attempt to introduce an unfamiliar object into an objectified world. Larsen’s sculptures transcend aesthetic beauty, allowing each viewer to assign them a place in their world.
Born in Southaven, Michigan Larsen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Arizona University. He currently lives and works in Sante Fe, New Mexico.