Michael Ian Larsen

Lincoln, NE, US

www.michaelianlarsen.com

Michael Larsen is a visual artist based in Lincoln, Nebraska and received his BA in Art from Nebraska Wesleyan University and an MFA in Ceramics from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, where he worked for one year following graduation. He has shown his work in several notable Chicago venues and produces installations, which incorporate ceramics as well as found and altered objects.

His work balances an innate interest in the organic with contemporary sculptural practice, creating installations that engage space and perception.  Narratives involving innocence, growth, and desire intertwine to form an Edenic backdrop that encourages curiosity and exploration.

"I believe in the act of making as an exercise in playful experimentation. This manifests in bright colors, a cast of lively forms, and the incorporation of a variety of materials, often within sculptural installations.  Lightly tapping on the frames of everyday domestic and social activity, my work searches for entry points to an imaginative realm that is personal in its idiosyncrasy yet universal in its utopian impulse."

The Tree, the Gift and the Amphibian, 2013, ceramic, wire, mirror, metal fencing, spray paint, dimensions variable

The Tree, the Gift and the Amphibian, 2013, ceramic, wire, mirror, metal fencing, spray paint, dimensions variable

Lick, 2013, ceramic and mirror, dimensions variable

Lick, 2013, ceramic and mirror, dimensions variable

Rapt, 2013, ceramic, metal fencing, fencing, spray paint

Rapt, 2013, ceramic, metal fencing, fencing, spray paint

Shades and Chalk, 2014, shades and chalk, 60 x 42 x 1 inches

Shades and Chalk, 2014, shades and chalk, 60 x 42 x 1 inches