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Kaari Upson

1:50 A.M., 2015

Watercolor and watercolor pencil on paper mounted on aluminum panel
96 9/10 × 48 7/10 × 2 1/5 in
246.1 × 123.8 × 5.7 cm
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Berlin, London, Los Angeles
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Kaari Upson
American, b. 1972
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The majority of Kaari Upson’s career has been devoted to a single, multifarious series titled “The Larry Project” (2007–). “Larry” is the fictitious name Upson assigned to her parents’ neighbor, whose possessions she salvaged when his house burned down. Larry’s large trove of personal mementos—which included photographs, journals, and pornography—became the raw material or reference for Upson’s paintings, installations, performances, and films. She originally hoped to explore his psychological state of mind, but quickly realized, “I was using him as a mirror back on myself.” Though she hasn’t figured out “an exit strategy” for the project, Upson recently began a new monumental series: “Sleep with the Key” (2013) is comprised of silicon replicas of discarded mattresses Upson finds in L.A.—a reference the artist’s recent experience being bedridden with illness.

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Kaari Upson
American, b. 1972
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The majority of Kaari Upson’s career has been devoted to a single, multifarious series titled “The Larry Project” (2007–). “Larry” is the fictitious name Upson assigned to her parents’ neighbor, whose possessions she salvaged when his house burned down. Larry’s large trove of personal mementos—which included photographs, journals, and pornography—became the raw material or reference for Upson’s paintings, installations, performances, and films. She originally hoped to explore his psychological state of mind, but quickly realized, “I was using him as a mirror back on myself.” Though she hasn’t figured out “an exit strategy” for the project, Upson recently began a new monumental series: “Sleep with the Key” (2013) is comprised of silicon replicas of discarded mattresses Upson finds in L.A.—a reference the artist’s recent experience being bedridden with illness.

Kaari Upson

1:50 A.M., 2015

Watercolor and watercolor pencil on paper mounted on aluminum panel
96 9/10 × 48 7/10 × 2 1/5 in
246.1 × 123.8 × 5.7 cm
Contact For Price
location
Berlin, London, Los Angeles
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