HG Contemporary New York presents
solid : new work by Jan Larsen
A residence with UltraSuperNew in Singapore that began as a response to the ‘strongman summit’ between the leaders of North Korea and the US, the Young Americans Tour turned into a real-world, multi-cultural, improvisational and collaborative impromptu response to current events, and for Jan, a meditation on the true character of the US – an open, honest, inclusive, hard-working, innovative and egalitarian land of opportunity, which sees every neighbor as a friend, or a potential friend.
In line with his statement, the show dedicated a portion of sponsorship and proceeds to RAICES, a US 501(c)3 providing free and low-cost legal services to immigrant and refugee children and families on the US’ southern border with Mexico.
Launched with HG Contemporary in April 2018, fit extends the aesthetic, social, and philosophical meditations begun in the 2015 Market Makers debut, elaborated on in subsequent shows in New York, London, Miami, and Boston, and introduces new series of sculptures and paintings.
rise extended the themes begun in the Market Makers debut, this time reflecting on depictions of strong women in popular culture, the virtues of a few male heroes, and offering new colorfield works, handheld-scale bronzes, and select works from the pixelated fabric, Market Makers, and early works series.
pixelated fabric is a series of colorfields that lament the polarized state of social affairs in our society, our decreased ability to relate to those on opposite sides of whichever spectra we reside on, and the role that social media played in the artificial 'pixelization‘ of our natural social fabric.
Watch an introductory video here.
Market Makers marked the launch of my solo career, presented in partnership with New York-based HG Contemporary, in September of 2015.
Marking the moment of my transition from the 'business’ of fine art to the production of it, this show focused on the historic overlap between art and commerce in American consumer markets.
Works in traditional and mixed media reflect early and sometimes-experimental work, trying out styles and drawing inspiration from heroes like Josef Albers, Jean Michel Basquiat, Josef Beuys, Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Ellsworth Kelly, Jeff Koons, Morris Louis, Piet Mondriaan, and Andy Warhol.
Here’s where to see the work in person – gallery, fair, hospitality, and solo shows:
September 2018: HG Contemporary (New York)
October 2018: Freize (London)
Ongoing: Bar Fortuna at Casa Apicii (New York)
Ongoing: Habitas (New York)