Collective Disquiet

featuring

Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson is an artist and educator originally from Sacramento, California. He received an MFA in Painting from Boston University in 2012. After graduating, Larson continued to live and work as an artist in Boston while teaching art courses in New Hampshire. He relocated to Oklahoma in 2015 upon accepting the position of Director of Visual Arts and Associate Professor of Art at Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NWOSU), where he currently teaches painting and drawing courses. Larson also serves as Director of the NWOSU Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program, which invites emerging and established artists to live and create work in the rural community of Alva, OK. Larson has exhibited his work in California, New York, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and recently in Santiago, Chile.

Artist Statement:

 

My current work explores notions of temporality, cycles of decay and transformation through painting and drawing. I construct spaces where rhythmic, atmospheric phenomenon and transitory forces disrupt, push and embed bodies and objects into layered narratives. 

 

About the work in Collective Disquiet:

Graydays was painted during the summer of 2018, depicting looming anxieties of ongoing atrocities and ever-harsher weather patterns. Figures emerge from murky environments, appearing to be victims and enablers of these events. Multiple paintings on paper float two inches off the wall to form a polyptych. The composition is fragmented and overwhelmed, a constant barrage. Black and white imagery suggests plain documentation yet subverts through layers of rhythmic forces interwoven through the figures and environments, dissipating into the atmospheric and intangible. Irreconcilable juxtapositions.

Gray Days

Gray Days

installation view acrylic on canvas paper 10 x 22 ft (approx.) 2018

(detail) Gray Days

(detail) Gray Days

acrylic on canvas paper 2018

(detail) Gray Days

(detail) Gray Days

acrylic on canvas paper 2018

(detail) Gray Days

(detail) Gray Days

acrylic on canvas paper 2018

(detail) Gray Days

(detail) Gray Days

acrylic on canvas paper 2018

(detail) Gray Days

(detail) Gray Days

acrylic on canvas paper 2018

(detail) Gray Days

(detail) Gray Days

acrylic on canvas paper 2018

(detail) Gray Days

(detail) Gray Days

acrylic on canvas paper 2018

(detail) Gray Days

(detail) Gray Days

acrylic on canvas paper 2018

(detail) Gray Days

(detail) Gray Days

acrylic on canvas paper 2018

(detail) Gray Days

acrylic on canvas paper 2018