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Saturday, July 04, 2009
  new mexico artists



On my recent trip to New Mexico, I spent time with several other artists who live in the Santa Fe area, most of whom I knew previously only through Facebook. To meet in person was a delight.

In the top photo above are Danielle Shelley, Rachel Darnell (the photo is taken in her gallery, where I am represented) Diane McGregor (whom I have known in person for several years...thanks Diane for working out the details of this get-together) Rick Stevens and Michael Kessler.

The bottom photo was taken in the studio of Ted Larsen, where Diane and I visited later in the week. Ted's work manages to be both gorgeous and visually seductive, and ironic and matter-of fact at the same time...owing at least in part to the found objects (such as recycled car body parts) that he uses instead of usual art-making materials. His work strikes an intriguing balance between the conceptual and the visual, with 'found" surfaces and colors as hauntingly beautiful as many minimalist paintings.
 
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I love Ted Larsen's work. And totally agree with your description.
 
Thanks for sharing about your Santa Fe trip. I've only been there once (for a painting workship), and I would love to return!

Here's one funny (to me, anyway) thing. I've just discovered your blog and your art and was greedily scanning down through your posts when I read that this guy, Ted Larsen uses 'found objects', and what I read was that this includes recycled body parts.... WHOA! Then I read the sentence more carefully, and saw that it was 'recycled CAR body parts'! Big difference! I'll read your blog more slowly from now on!

I love your work, BTW.
 
That's hilarious--hope Ted reads this!
 
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