On thursday, September 14 th, 2017, international artist Jan Larsen will debut his fourth solo exhibition and second touring show with HG Contemporary called rise. The show refers to the many meanings of that word:
• ‘rising’ as a society
• ‘rising’ as individuals
• ‘rising’ to a challenge
• ‘rising’ above any evil or intolerance
• ‘rising’ as individuals, to speak and to be heard in one's authentic voice
• ‘rising’ to be counted, as in politically, especially in this current political climate
• ‘rising’ to competence and mastery in one’s work
• ‘rising’ on a tide of love and good energy, and finally,
• as my assistant Yoshi has said, like the everyday phrase for waking up: ‘rise and shine’
rise is both an observation and a call to action, celebrating social progress and each person’s ability to ‘rise’ in her or his own unique way – above challenges, above evil or intolerance, giving voice, action, and credence to the better parts of her or his own nature – and in so doing, to ensure that society (a single people on this blue-green marble we call home) continues to ‘rise.’
As John Lennon wrote, ‘we all shine on,’ and as Warhol observed, we are all stars, and so indeed, may we all ‘rise and shine.’”
Offering large-scale (up to 8’ square) paintings, large-and medium-scale limited-edition chromogenic prints, and limited-edition bronzes, Larsen invites the viewer to celebrate the process of social progress.
With large and medium-scale media-referential works on gaming suede, Larsen offers meditations on the contemporary experience of social progress as expressed by and witnessed in popular culture circa 1962 to circa 1985.
His large-scale totemic colorfields on gaming suede, his medium-and large-scale, high-lustre, highly-reflective chromogenic prints under plexiglass, and his hand-held scale bronzes each draw on and refer to his own personal experiences, philosophy, and work in fine art.
rise echoes three streams of work begun in Larsen’s debut show with HG, Market Makers in 2015, continued in his shows fashion forward (2016) and pixelated fabric (2017), and continuing in his next show, called fit, launching in the Spring of 2018 – namely, his media-referential works (this time on gaming suede, the same material that billiard tables are upholstered with), his abstract colorfield works, some on gaming suede and some on high-resolution, high-lustre, highly-reflective printing medium and mounted under gallery plexiglass, and his cast-bronze sculptures.