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As a native Minnesotan, Chris Larson is well acquainted with the cold. However, in his single channel video, Deep North (8:16 min.) the artist’s familiarity with subzero temperatures is taken to an extreme. After experiencing a severe ice storm while visiting Versoix, Switzerland, in 2005, Larson decided to recreate the scene, one he recalled as being at once “gorgeous and apocalyptic.” In February of 2008, he constructed a small house (including a makeshift factory), doused it in water, and allowed thick icicles to form. Deep North depicts the artist’s construction both frozen in time and hard at work. Still, quiet images of the home’s interior precede those of the factory, noisily churning out mysteriously shaped ice products. Larson’s work seeks to comment on a range of themes, from climate change to the monotony of industrial life; however, the ultimate interpretation is left for the viewer to decide.

Born in 1966 in St. Paul, Minnesota, Chris Larson earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Bethel College, St. Paul, in 1990, and his Master of Fine Arts at Yale University School of Art, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1992. His work is found in the collections of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri; the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota; the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; the Staatliche Museum, Berlin; and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Chris Larson currently lives and works in St. Paul.

Deep North is presented courtesy of Magnus Müller, Berlin, and the artist.

 
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