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Laura Larson

Associate Professor of Photography + Integrated Media

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Laura Larson

Associate Professor of Photography + Integrated Media

Larson’s work examines the complex relationship between belief, vision, and technology in spirit photography—the practice of recording paranormal phenomena. Her most recent multi-media project, Electric Girls and the Invisible World, follows a group of five teenage girlfriends and their mysterious connection to the 19th century medium Eusapia Palladino. Central to this project is a consideration of the relationship between analog and digital practice in contemporary photography with a particular emphasis on how concepts of the index, memory, and history are reworked in a digital framework. Electric Girls and the Invisible World was exhibited in one-person exhibitions at Lennon, Weinberg Gallery in New York City and Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, OH. Jaleh Mansoor writes in Artforum of the project:

Recalling Surrealism, in which artists such as Man Ray yoked new mechanical apparatuses of vision to quixotic forms of spirituality, the video poses questions such as: What is a medium, in all the word’s multiple inflections? How are film and photography a form of clairvoyance, or an obstacle to it? How is banality linked to psychic connection and the supernatural? Onto what darkness does the conquest of the everyday open?

Larson holds a BA in English from Oberlin College and a MFA in Visual Arts from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program as a studio artist from 1993-94. She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally including the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, SFCamerawork, Susanne Vielmetter/L.A. Projects, and Nassauischer KunstVerein in Wiesbaden, Germany. Her exhibitions have been reviewed in Artforum, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, Newsweek, M, and The Art Newspaper. She has also published artist projects with Documents, Open City and The Literary Review. Her photographs are in the collections of the Deutsche Bank, the Margulies Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Microsoft, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the New York Public Library and the Sonesta Hotels. She has received grants from Art Matters, Inc and the New York Foundation of the Arts and residency fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and the Ucross Foundation. Since 2001, Lennon, Weinberg Gallery in New York City, has represented her work.