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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Tour - Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented

April 3, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph and delve into the skewed spatial relationships in Larsen’s paintings to discover meaning and the artist’s wry sense of humor in the very ordinary situations she presents.

Tour - Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented

April 3, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tour - Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph and delve into the skewed spatial relationships in Larsen’s paintings to discover meaning and the artist’s wry sense of humor in the very ordinary situations she presents.

Free for Akron Art Museum members.

Not a member? Join here!

Header: Mernet Larsen, Cup Tricks (detail), 2018, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 56 7/8 x 38 1/4 in., Courtesy of William S. Ehrlich

Artist Talk: Mernet Larsen

April 11, 2019, 6:30 pm

Join Mernet Larsen in conversation with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph at this free Artist's Talk. 

Artist Talk: Mernet Larsen

April 11, 2019, 6:30 pm

Join Mernet Larsen in conversation with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph about how the artist plays with perspective to turn ordinary situations upside down, in turn illuminating the psychology of our everyday interactions.

Free and open to all. Seating is limited. Registration is required. 

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

Find out more about Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented at the Akron Art Museum.