Seminar

Mernet Larsen, Seminar, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 59 x 40 in., Courtesy of David Howe.

Misstep

Mernet Larsen, Misstep, 2015, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 50 x 60 in., Courtesy of David Howe

Reading in Bed

Mernet Larsen, Reading in Bed, 2015, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 60 x 38 1/4 in., Courtesy of Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins

Cup Tricks

Mernet Larsen, Cup Tricks, 2018, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 56 7/8 x 38 1/4 in., Courtesy of Bill Ehrlich 

Conversation

Mernet Larsen, Conversation, 2012, acrylic and tracing paper on canvas, 35 1/2 x 49 3/4 in., Courtesy of James Cohan

Drawing Hands

Mernet Larsen, Drawing Hands, 2017, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 67 1/2 x 36 1/4 in., Courtesy of Jack and Ellen Kessler

BarBQ

Mernet Larsen, BarBQ, 2018, 50 x 50 in., Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York

Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented

March 16, 2019 - September 8, 2019
Judith Bear Isroff Gallery

Mernet Larsen (b. 1940) makes intriguing, humor- and tension-infused paintings featuring geometric figures that inhabit space in ways that defy gravity and conventional viewpoints. The artist stages ordinary scenes—people playing cards or eating dinner, a faculty meeting, reading in bed—but constructs them with vertiginous, skewed spatial relationships that convey a sense of precariousness. The disorienting treatment of perspective places the viewer inside and outside of the paintings at the same time, “as if they’re wearing the situation,” the artist describes. Along with the figures’ deadpan facial expressions and subtle body language, Larsen’s puzzling compositions reveal an essence of everyday human interaction. Wry, anxious and awkward, the paintings are frozen monuments that are simultaneously alien and familiar.

Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented is organized by the Akron Art Museum with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.
 

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