Mernet Larsen: Three Chapters

Mernet Larsen, Mall Event, 2012, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 50 x 55 inch
Mernet Larsen, Mall Event, 2012, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 50 x 55 inches (courtesy of Vogt Gallery)

John Yau writes about the paintings of Mernet Larsen, on view in the tri-partite exhibition Three Chapters at Vogt Gallery, New York. The thrid installment "Narratives" is on view through October 27, 2012.

Yau writes: "One thing that struck me about Larsen’s work was her imaginative synthesis and restating of radically different artists and traditions. She isn’t a purist and certainly didn’t do the right thing, which immediately appealed to me. In the multiple perspectives she employs in her imagery, I detect aspects of Giorgio de Chirico and El Lissitzky, early Sienese painting (Giovanni di Paolo and Andrea di Bartolo) and emaki (or Japanese picture scrolls). The perspectives do not jibe with traditional spatial relationships but fit together like overpasses, cloverleaves, service roads, and on-ramps."