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 William Ehrlich 

Conversation

Mernet Larsen, Conversation, 2012, acrylic and tracing paper on canvas, 35 1/2 x 49 3/4 in., Collection of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, Florida

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

"Larsen’s statement says she is working 'to offer a new perspective unto life.' Certainly this exhibit offers a look at an artist who is doing contemplative and deeply investigative work, and gives us a chance to better know a unique voice."—Anderson Turner, Akron Beacon Journal 

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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[ Anderson Turner, "'Ordinary, Reoriented' puts you inside painting," Akron Beacon Journal ]

Last Look Tour – Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented

September 5, 2019, 10:30 am

Don't miss this intriguing last look at Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented.

Last Look Tour – Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented

September 5, 2019, 10:30 am

Join assistant curator Annie Wischmeyer for a last look at Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented. Explore the surprising art historical references and subtle humor in these off-kilter paintings as we say goodbye to this exhibition. 

Free and open to all. Registration is required.

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