Chris Larson

Chris Larson is a multi-media artist based in St. Paul, MN. He is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota and the publisher of INREVIEW, a print publication presenting critical responses to art in the Twin Cities. Since receiving his MFA from Yale University in 1991, Larson has received numerous awards including a New Work Project Grant from The Harpo Foundation, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and most recently was awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Depression Groove (2019), Chris Larson’s newest work and a continuation of his ongoing body of work titled Heavy Rotation (2011), reflects its own nominal description but also refers to the biographies of the musicians and performers, each of whom were born out of the Great Depression and looked to the music industry to emerge from poverty. In the music industry of the time from which these classic pieces of American country music arose, “heavy rotation” refers to the frequent radio airplay of a record album. Exuding both hope and longing, the repeated spinning of vinyl on a disc jockey’s turntable becomes a literal translation of exactly what these musicians were searching for: repeated airplay and the hope of a new future. Through Larson’s use of removal, repetition, and revolving mechanical gesture this new body of work continues his exploration of and research into mark-making by using his own personal archive of records collected since high school. 48 different artists spanning from 1958 to 1979 and 107 records comprise Depression Groove where subtraction and play contradict preservation and timelessness.

Selected Exhibitions

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY

2014 Whitney Biennial, New York, New York

11th Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre 2018, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati, OH.

Collections

New National Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg, Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Germany

Collection Feilchenfeldt, Berlin, Germany

Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, Germany

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO

Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN