This program will be held in our space on the Ile Saint-Louis: Dutko / Ile Saint-Louis - 4 rue de Bretonvilliers, Paris 4e
Galerie Dutko is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of recent works by American artist Ted Larsen. For his second solo show with the gallery, his work will be presented in our space on Ile Saint-Louis, featuring some 40 works.
Born in South Haven, Michigan, Ted Larsen grew up in a family of artists. This environment led him to study Fine Arts as a matter of course. Fascinated by the geological power of the Great Lakes region, the first part of his artistic career was as a landscape painter, "Abstract Landscapes".
Until 2001, he met with a certain success with his paintings and was presented in numerous exhibitions. Nevertheless, he progressively feels a sense of dissatisfaction, as if something fundamental is missing in his artistic practice. The shock of September 11 will mark a radical evolution of his work. Deeply affected by this event, he spends several weeks without being able to paint. When he returned to the studio, completely different gestures appeared.
Using surfaces made of recycled materials or pre-painted metal, often from car bodies - "non-art materials" as he calls them - Ted Larsen creates three-dimensional wall objects by applying these surfaces with inimitable colors, shaded by time, accidents, and bad weather, on wooden frames. These "Shaped Paintings", hybrid objects with obvious sculptural qualities, question the concepts of painting and sculpture, and push the boundaries of distinction.
Exploring the relationship between the work and its space of visibility, Ted Larsen blurs the lines by questioning the frontality of the wall hanging traditionally reserved for painting. The reduced size of these works is also a way of involving the spectator, inviting him to get closer and explore the spatiality of these pieces, as well as the titles given which, as oxymorons, confront dualities and invite reflection.
Ted Larsen bases his artistic research on the heritage of the Russian Suprematists, the De Stijl movement, the American Minimalists and the developments proposed by Non-Objectivity. These influences have in common an attachment to simple geometric forms, the primacy of pure artistic feeling over illusionist representation, and the importance given to the plurality of modes of perception.
The Dutko Gallery was created in 1982. Initially specializing in Art Deco furniture, and in particular the work of French designer Eugène Printz, which Jean-Jacques Dutko helped to rediscover, the DNA of the gallery has gradually built up around the dialogue between artists' furniture, sculpture and painting.
Historically present in Saint-Germain-des-Près, the Dutko gallery opens in 2010 a new space on rue de Bretonvilliers on the Ile Saint-Louis. This opening marks the intensification of the development of the contemporary art program of the gallery, today central element of its activity. This program has been enriched year after year, welcoming both confirmed and emerging artists. The artists represented by the gallery are shown nationally and internationally in solo and group shows.
Philippe Anthonioz • Kim Booker • Béatrice Casadesus • Katsumata Chieko • Robert Courtright • Monique Frydman • Georges Noël • Ted Larsen • Guy Leclercq • Jean-Pierre Pincemin • Bruno Romeda • Eric Schmitt • Christian Sorg • Marek Szczesny