Robert Larson creates richly textured, visually meticulous collages using trash collected from urban environments that hint at sacred geometry, while emphasizing socio-political concerns, psychogeography, and the search for the American Dream. Larson considers the gestures of moving the body long distances through the landscape and of bending to collect detritus as performative in-situ action painting. On long-distance scavenging excursions, bits are collected, then sorted, stored, arranged, cut, and glued, over the course of weeks and months. Larson’s practice requires a ritualistic dedication that he has maintained for over twenty years—a journey of epic proportions, resulting in works of iconic and poetic significance. Larson’s relationship to material and appropriation remains true to the found object aesthetic, following in the path of predecessors such as Ed Kienholz, Kurt Schwitters, and Robert Rauschenberg, while keeping in dialog with contemporary practitioners such as Mark Bradford and Richard Prince.
Robert Larson (b. 1968, Santa Cruz, CA) attended Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA and California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions at venues including The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts in Carmel, CA; Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, CA; Eyebuzz Fine Art in Tarrytown, NY; Elouise Pickard Smith Gallery at UC Santa Cruz; Coachella Valley Art Center in Indio, CA; SFMOMA Artists Gallery; and the Kala Arts Institute. Larson is the recipient of both the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship and the Tom Allen Painting Scholarship. His work has been featured in Hyperallergic, Arts Observer, Droste Effect, Beautiful Decay, Design Milk, and Wall Street International. Larson is represented by CES Gallery in Los Angeles and Joshua Liner Gallery in New York and he currently lives and works in Santa Cruz, CA.