Ted Larsen’s studio practice eschews a single theme or didactic agenda. Throughout his sculptural practice, the works keep possession of a formality and elegance, while at the same time poking fun of modernist purity. Larsen creates abstract sculptures from salvaged materials, or ‘non-art materials’, as he calls them, re-purposing ‘detritus’ in order to ‘re-contextualize and re-purpose’ their meaning.
The seventeen small scale sculptural constructions in All In All are based on a pattern system. As Larsen states about the process, “I made geometric blocks and arranged them in ways that both the small blocks and larger form are discernible. Then another pattern is overlaying the structure. There are endless variations. Each piece starts to look like some sort of alien symbolic language, all the while being an end to itself.”
A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Ted Larsen has shown internationally since earning a B.F.A. from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ in 1986. Selected solo exhibitions since 2014 include; SP-Arte (Sao Paulo Art Fair) with PRIVATEVIEW Gallery, Sao Paulo, Brazil (2018); Art Rotterdam with PRIVATEVIEW Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2018); Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (2017); Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco, California (2017); Volta 13 with PRIVATEVIEW Gallery, Basel, Switzerland (2017); The Old Jail Art Center (Cell Series), Albany, Texas (2016); Privateview Gallery, Torino, Italy (2016); Margaret Thatcher Projects, New York, New York (2016); Robischon Gallery, Denver, Colorado (2015); Schmidt Dean Gallery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2014); Lesley Heller Workspace, New York, New York (2014).