Since 2001 New Mexico artist Ted Larsen has utilized found scrap metal that he welds, stitches, reconfigures, combines or otherwise manipulates in his sculptures. The carefully crafted sculptures retain their brilliantly painted surfaces, often showing the scars, rust, scuffs and scratches referencing the original object’s former function or life. Unlike a Frankenstein-like montage of pieces, Larsen’s creations are uniform and systematic with all parts functioning as a whole. The results are works that utilize and comment on the formal and theoretical concerns of Minimalism, Geometric Abstraction, and Constructivism.
For his Cell Series installation, Larsen will work with challenging and complex former jail cell spaces. His soluction is to utilize basic linear elements and “to deploy Lined Out in a manner that both disregards and is informed by these specific qualities within the architecture.”
The OJAC’s Cell Series presents the work of living artists within the “challenging” upper galleries of the historic 1877 jail structure. Sustaining the passion of the OJAC founders in supporting and exhibiting contemporary artists, visitors encounter works by artists that attempt to interpret and translate the world we universally experience with often surprising and enlightening results.
[Image: TED LARSEN, Lined Out (detail), 2017, metal, dimensions vary. Courtesy of the artist and Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX.]
The Cell Series is made possible with the generous support of Susie and Joe Clack, Amy and Patrick Kelly, McGinnis Family Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas, Kathy Webster in memory of Charles H. Webster.