Lars Jan, ‘Cleaning (2)’, 2016, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2018
Lars Jan, ‘Cleaning (2)’, 2016, Headlands Center for the Arts: Benefit Auction 2018

Artist, director, writer, and activist Lars Jan (Headlands Artist in Residence ‘16) is known for visually striking, genre-bending performance and installation works exploring emerging technologies, live gatherings, and unclassifiable experiences. With his performance and art lab Early Morning Opera, Jan’s original works—including Holoscenes, The Institute of Memory (TIMe), and Abacus—have been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; BAM Next Wave Festival, New York; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida; and Istanbul Modern, among others. In June 2017, Holoscenes, his climate change–themed installation featuring a massive aquarium sculpture and 12 tons of moving water, created a sensation in Times Square. As the winner of the 2017 Audemars Piguet Art Commission, Jan exhibited a large-scale kinetic pavilion on an acre of beachfront during Art Basel Miami Beach this past December. He will stage Joan Didion’s seminal essay The White Album this year in New York and Los Angeles. The son of émigrés from Afghanistan and Poland, Jan is on faculty at California Institute of the Arts, and a TED Senior Fellow.

Framing courtesy of The Painters Place

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles

About Lars Jan