Confirmed Interviewee: Caleb Larsen

Caleb Larsen

Caleb Larsen was born in 1979 in a small cabin without a toilet in a remote northern region of Michigan, USA. He has swam in the Arctic Ocean, played Wiffle Ball with Paul Auster, hitch-hiked through the Yukon, assembled bowling pins, worked as an email marketer, made over ten thousand cups of coffee, built vintage racing mopeds, and lived on the Caribbean. Larsen received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. In 2002 he attended the Yale Norfolk summer residency program and in 2003 received his BFA in Painting from Western Michigan University. In 2010 Larsen mounted a solo show, EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME RIGHT NOW, at Lawrimore Project in Seattle, participated in the 6th Electrohype biennial in Sweden and in Suspending Disbelief in Brighton, England. In 2008-2009 he exhibited in Patch Dynamics at Lawrimore Project in Seattle, mounted a solo show at Philadelphia’s Esther M Klein gallery, exhibited in Recoded in Aberdeen Scotland, and received the Award of Excellence from the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition Larsen appeared on NPR’s On the Media, in The New York Times Magazine, the Harper’s Index, and Wired Magazine. Larsen’s work has also been exhibited at Aqua Art fair in Miami, Ars Combinatoria in Orlando, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Detroit International Video Festival, Flux Factory in New York, 911 Media Arts Center in Seattle, and Tjaden Gallery at Cornell University. The artist currently lives and works in Michigan, USA.

Artist’s Statement

The world is a ridiculous place. I am interested in the moments where things don’t quite line up. My practice is idea based. The core focus of my work is to raise questions, revel in the inconsistencies, and interrogate the obvious through a series of gestures. With a magpie-like tendency, I collect images and ideas from science, technology, and life around me. In the studio these are synthesized into diverse forms ranging from installations to prints, drawings, sculpture, and computer programs. I favor idiosyncratic and asynchronous forms of communication in my work, and I embrace the tangent as a way to explore interconnections between ideas. My practice is protean, and my methodology is discursive. My current work strives to offer impish, optimistic,and absurd strategies for making art and living in these uncertain times.

A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter (2009)

Donor Plaque (2009)

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