Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Artwork of Ted Larsen.

While on a recent trip I was able to pay a visit to Ted Larsen's studio and see his works in progress. I was introduced to his art a few years back at the Affordable Art Fair in New York. He was represented by Madelyn Jordon in Scarsdale.

I am attracted to the raw nature of his work. Ted works in recycled steel from old cars, trucks and road signs. His work has been pared down into its most basic forms so the viewer can take away an experience based on what they see in the work. I love it because, for me, it has elements of Americana from the 50's and 60's. The automobiles and neon roadside signs employ much of these colors. The weathered nature of the steel tells a story of time and history. His compositions have a Richard Diebenkorn "Ocean Park" feel to them.

The construction of his work recalls an age before industrialized machinery and he intends to bring the human aspect back into the process. His machines are all set up to aid in his quest.

It was a great honor to get to meet Ted, see his studio and new work and get to talk art.

You can see more of his work here, here, and here.

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