PIA LARSEN

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2018

In September I will be exhibiting in Paper Contemporary with Unlimited Sydney, as part of Sydney Contemporary, 

13 - 16 September, Carriageworks, Sydney. I am Co-director with Janet Parker-Smith for Unlimited Sydney, a group of five artists' that includes Janet Parker-Smith, Anthony Bartok, Jo Lankester and Angela Hayson. The Curator for Paper Contemporary is Akky van Ogtrop.


In May I will travel to Mildura, Victoria for an Artist's Residency at the Art Vault, with artist Janet Parker-Smith. 


For the Factory49 Group Drawing Show 29 March - 7 April, I created a drawing work on site titled 'Gauge' using knitting needles in an exploration of space, movement and colour.


                                      


                                        Artist: Pia Larsen

                                        Title: Gauge

                                        Year: 2018

                                        Materials: plastic knitting needles

                                        Dimensions: variable



I also exhibited in the Factory49 Group Sculpture Show, 1 March - 10 March - part of Art Month Sydney.

The work titled 'Play Well' was created using Lego in an open-ended exploration of form, space and colour.


                                             


                                                  Artist: Pia Larsen

                                                  Title: Play Well

                                                  Year: 2017

                                                  Materials: Lego

                                                  Dimensions: 48cm x 48cm x 60cm H



The year started with exhibiting in the Factory49 Group Print Show 1 February - 10 February. 

The piece titled Manifesto was a response to the way language and information are being used to promulgate ideas that run counter to facts, science and history. As if all ideas are contestable in a scrabble-like game.


                                                 

                                                    Artist: Pia Larsen

                                                    Title: Manifesto

                                                    Year: 2018

                                                    Materials: printmedia + paper

                                                    Dimensions: 177cm H x 85cm W x 2.5cm D 




In 2017 I created a wearable work titled Comet. The series is ongoing. Each piece is unique and combines lino and a range of printmedia and drawing processes on rag and other papers. They are hand-finished, lightweight and durable, mounted on 5mm thick gatorboard.


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2017

December

The year concluded with the Melbourne launch of the book, ‘Gerald Lewers Sculptor’, by the late Professor Peter Pinson, about my maternal grandfather Australian Sculptor Gerald Lewers, husband to Abstract Expressionist painter Margo Lewers. After Margo's death in 1978 the family home was given to Penrith Council by their daughters, Jeweller Darani Lewers and Printmaker/Architect Tanya Crothers and is now the Penrith Regional Gallery & Lewers Bequest.


A film about Gerry’s life and work is on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/209047680


November


2017 also completed Chapter 1 of the ‘What We Know’ Project with the launch of 'The Motion Room', September 30 – November 19, at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre. The 10 images in printmedia from the 'What We Know' Project presented stories from the most diverse part of Greater Western Sydney and Sydney, in images that explored everyday life with its many cultures, perspectives and histories. An article I wrote about the project to accompany the ‘The Motion Room’ Exhibition is available onhttp://imprint.org.au/posts

 

Jane Stratton (Creative Director, Think + DO Tank Foundation) and I worked together during the workshops and subsequent exhibition at CPAC; our vision to involve more people over time and expand the project as a creative voice for the community in Western Sydney. The project was assisted by the Australian Government, through the Australia Council for the Arts its arts funding and advisory body. Jane Stratton developed the original concept as one of a series of ongoing projects that investigate, support and operate as a means to increase community control over everyday life in Green Valley, Liverpool and central Fairfield. 

 

The work I created for the ‘What We Know’ Residency, titled ‘Glow’.



                                                            Artist: Pia Larsen

                                                            Title: Glow

                                                            Dimensions: 56 x 76cm



Images from the printmedia workshops held at the Liverpool Women’s Resource Centre and Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney, 2016 – 17.



                                   Naimeh Abu-Qalbain pulling a proof at the Liverpool Women’s Resource Centre



 

Jane Stratton, Pia Larsen, Michelle Munzone, Vicki Wacha, Zahra Mahde & Susan Stewart in the Printmedia Studio, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

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April 

‘Their Loss is Our Loss’ was a month-long exhibition timed to coincide with ANZAC Day, a National Day to commemorate sacrifice. It was specifically installed in SLOT because of its proximity to Redfern and Redfern's long association with Indigenous people and their history in Sydney.  

In this work an Indigenous Honour Roll, (created for the exhibition, ‘The Coloured Digger II’, at the Damien Minton Gallery in Redfern) formed part of something immense in scope, that reaches far back in time and celebrates Indigenous people and their culture in Australia today. 

The project was supported by Tony Twigg, Director of SLOT and Anie Nheu curator for the 2017 SLOT exhibition program and received the Eckersley’s Art & Craft Prize, through the NSW Artist’s Grant program, NAVA/Arts NSW. 

I was granted permission to use the colours of the Australian Aboriginal Flag by Pastor Ray Minniecon, (Redfern ANZAC Day march Coordinator), when I first conceived of an ‘Indigenous Poppy’ for the exhibition at the Damien Minton Gallery.



     

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2016

In November I co-curated, with Charles Cooper, and exhibited in ‘Flag Wavering', at SLOT space, Alexandria, to coincide with the outcome of the US presidential election on November the 8th. The show examined the American flag as a visual and historic symbol. I exhibited three carton works from my US residency in 2015, along with new carton and bottle works in paper-pulp, gouache and watercolour applied with stencilling and brush.




Jane Stratton (Creative Director, Think+DO Tank Foundation) launched the Project: What We Know (The Motion Room) A Printmaking enquiry into the skills of local people in 2168 inspired by Denis Diderot's 1766 Encyclopedia: A Description of the Arts and Trades.

'In 1766, Denis Diderot and his fellow "Encyclopedistes" made a beautiful account of contemporary handicrafts in France. The Encyclopedia: A Description of the Arts and Trades used printmaking to showcase the skills of artisans and manufacturers throughout the regions of France. In 2016, 250 years after the Encyclopedia was published, THE MOTION ROOM artist in residence, Pia Larsen will create an Encyclopedia of 2168 with local residents of the 2168 Postcode Area, recording their skills and celebrating their know-how for perpetuity.'

Supporters: The project was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

The residency began with print workshops at the Liverpool Women's Resource Centre. The final printing to be undertaken at Sydney College of the Arts and the work exhibited at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in 2017. I was made a Research Affiliate to coordinate and complete the project at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.   





In May I was thrilled by the news that my image titled  ‘Welcome US’ had been selected for the Print Council of Australia Print Commission Program by Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia and John Loane, Master Printer and artist, Viridian Press.


Title: Welcome - US'
Artist: Pia Larsen
Year: 2016
Medium: digital print (Archival Pigment Print on cotton rag)
Dimensions: image size: 30cm x 43.24cm
                     paper size: 53.24cm x 38cm
Printer: Nick Greenwich (Fine Art PRINT LAB Sydney)

The image depicts two of the sculptural carton works from my 2015
residency at the WSW in New York. The title, ‘Welcome - US’, conferred as 
a slogan of hope against the reflex to exclude. The PCA promoted the 
Commissioned works through National venues, Blue Mountains Cultural 
Centre, Canopy Art Centre QLD, University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery 
QLD, West Gallery Thebarton SA, Port Jackson Press Print Gallery VIC & 
Megalo Print Studio + Gallery ACT.


Sales enquiries: p.larsen@optusnet.com.au & Print Council of Australia

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2015

Artist’s residency - New York!

In October - November 2015 I undertook an artist’s residency at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York creating three bodies of work. Two in sculpture, utilising papermaking and found objects, and the third, images in printmedia.

 Title: Autumn Cocktails

 Title: Welcome 

     
Title: Hindsight                                                                       Title: Monumental Divide
Year: 2015                                                                              Year: 2015
Medium: intaglio + stencilling                                                 Medium: intaglio + stencilling

      
December 2, 2015 by Chelsea Campbell

                  


Portrait (Pia Larsen reading) - City Lights Bookstore, San Francisco
Photographer/Artist: Analia Gutierrez

                                                                  

Published on 11/12/2017 11:22 am. 0 CommentsPost Comment

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