March 19, 2012

ted larsen: re-purposed materials, re-identified meanings, re-contextualized ideas

wood, wax, and stuff:

bar melt, 2009
salvage steel, marine-grade plywood, silicone, rivets, bee's wax, rotating hardware
5 by 5 by 7 inches







mend, 2008
salvage steel, marine-grade plywood, silicone, hardware, bee's wax
7 by 5 by 5 inches
private collection, new york city, new york







molt, 2008
salvage steel, marine-grade plywood, silicone, hardware, bee's wax
7 by 5 by 5 inches
private collection, new york city, new york







constructed objects:


slap, 2007
salvage steel, marine-grade plywood, silicone, vulcanized rubber, hardware
5 by 12 by 3 inches
collection of new mexico museum of art








slipped, 2008
salvage steel, marine-grade plywood, silicone, vulcanized rubber, hardware
7 by 7 by 7 inches








stepped structure, 2011
salvage steel, marine-grade plywood, silicone, vulcanized rubber, hardware
3 by 22 by 3.5 inches







wall flowers:

past is prologue, 2010
salvage steel, mechanical hinge, rivets
12 by 8 by 10 inches
private collection dallas, texas








step a little closer, 2011
23 by 6.5 inches







free standing objects:

lean on me, 2011
valley roll galvanized sheet metal, rivets, enamel paint
60 by 42 by 24 inches







floaty, 2008
salvage steel and annealed wire
23 by 7 by 7 inches
private collection, dallas, texas








volvo, 2008
salvage steel and annealed wire
30 by 48 by 22 inches
collection of edward f. albee foundation

the works i create supply commentary on minimalist belief systems and the ultimate importance of high art practice. an artist's work usually adheres to the construct of a cohesive direction with the work illustrating a single theme or underscoring a didactic agenda. but such a logical order has no specific place in my studio practice.
introducing alternative and salvage materials to my own formally driven abstract sculpture, i hope to bring purist shapes and surfaces back down to earth. i quest for new materials, "non-art materials" to create my work. i am constructing bricolage works in order to re-purpose the materials and re-identify their meanings: to re-contextualize and re-label the idea of ready-mades. it is my on-going experimentation with contexts, hybrids, and scale.
the works keep possession of pleasing formality and visceral elegance while making fun of modernist purity. this is a tribute to anti-triumphalism, the spontaneous, non-hierarchical, un-monumental thematic artistic landscape which offers no specific resolution and no isolation of meaning.
ted larsen, statement

link:
article by elisabeth sussman, whitney museum of american art

ted larsen at ok harris

many thanks to ted larsen for providing the high definition images for this post!
ted lives and works in santa fe, new mexico

website: tedlarsen.com





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