Conveyors is an exhibit by Derek Larson
which features a series of motorized paintings, screen prints and
digital animations that highlight factory conditions, the decline of
shopping malls and the golden age of American animation.
Larson’s paintings are motorized with conveyor belts and rollers to move
in front of and behind shaped paintings. The canvases move like the
background of a traditional animation and suggest factory automation
through their hardware and stripped down construction.
Larson's animated series "Très Mall" is his first feature-length effort
about three artists living in Savannah, Georgia. They encounter
real-world writers in cameo appearances who discuss topics in activism,
art, consumerism and the environment. The main character inherits a
strip mall and his friends join in to witness a slow progression of
misplaced ambitions and other hijinks. Accompanying the animation are
Acrylic on dura-lar screen prints that mimic celluloid in traditional
cel animations, acting as artifacts to Larson’s digitally made
Derek G. Larson received his MFA from the Yale School of Art and has participated in a number of national and international exhibitions and residencies. His first feature-length animation "Très Mall" will screen this summer in Times Square New York City and in the fall at the Jepson Telfair Museum in Savannah and Morris Museum in Augusta. He will continue working on this project through the summer as a resident of the MASS MoCA Residency. His work has been featured in ARTPULSE, Rhizome.org, Big Red & Shiny, Gizmodo, The Seattle Times and New American Paintings. With prior experience as a video editor at PBS, Larson's work combines animation and video with painting and performance, his current work explores science fiction, autoimmune diseases and malls.
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