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Caroline Larsen

Fruit and Foliage
Wave Hill House | April 5–August 28

Pictured above: Fruit Bowl with Leaves, 2015. Oil on canvas, 31" x 27". 

In conjunction with (Not So) Still Life on view in Glyndor Gallery until July 4, Caroline Larsen’s series in the Tea Room at Wave Hill House depicts still life images of fruit and other flora that evoke an exuberant tropical frenzy. The imagery draws on the artist’s recollections of her upbringing in Sarasota, Florida, of time spent in Panama as an adult, as well as her love of textiles and patterning. Only upon closer examination of the tactile surfaces does it become apparent that the pictures are not woven fabrics, but, rather, elaborately applied oil paint. Larsen’s process involves loading the paint into piping bags and squeezing it onto the canvas to create delicately layered and brilliantly hued coatings of paint. Lines and layers seem to weave over one another in lushly textured networks that create an assortment of rich, material densities. Employing what the artist refers to as a “sincere kitschiness,” as well as a sense of chromatic pleasure, each painting presents a masterful display of ornamental and vibrant color. The resultant works exhibit a harmonious balance of painting and sculptural relief, recognizable form and nonrepresentational image.

Larsen received an MFA from the Pratt Institute, and a BFA from the University of Waterloo. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Mulherin + Pollard, New York, NY; Boiler Room: Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA; Foulandi Projects, San Francisco, CA; General Hardware Contemporary, Toronto, Canada; Gordon Gallery 2, Tel Aviv, Israel; 68 Projects, Berlin, Germany. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Whitewall Magazine, Canadian Art, Juxtapoz Magazine, and Now Magazine, among
other publications.

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.