Robert Larson

  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Square_Reflections
    Reflections, 2016, Discarded cigarette, packaging on linen, 42 1/2 × 41 1/2 in / 108 × 105 cm
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Square_Thin_Gold_Line
    Thin Gold Line, 2016, Discarded Marlboro cigarette packing on linen, 42 x 40.5 in / 107 x 103 cm
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Square_Veil
    Veil, 2016, Discarded cigarette, packaging on canvas, 42 1/2 × 41 1/2 in / 108 × 105 cm
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Black_Collars
    Black Collars, 2015, Discarded cigarette packaging on linen, 155 x 109 cm / 61 x 43 in
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    Black Collars Detail
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_White_Collars
    White Collars, 2015, Discarded cigarette packaging on linen, 155 x 109 cm / 61 x 43 in
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    White Collars Detail
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Red_Honey
    Red Honey, 2015, Discarded cigarette packaging on linen, 61.5 x 42.5 in
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    Red Honey Detail
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Gold_Rectangle
    Gold Rectangle, 2015, Discarded tabacco foil on linen, 108 x 72 cm / 43 x 28.5 in
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Gold_Standard
    Gold Standard, 2015, Discarded cigarette packaging on canvas, 60.75 x 40.5 in
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    Gold Standard Detail
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Honeycomb
    Honeycomb, 2015, Discarded cigarette packaging on canvas, 61.5 x 40.5 in
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    Honeycomb Detail
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Interchange
    Interchange, 2015, Discarded cigarette packaging on canvas, 61.5 x 40.75 in
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    Interchange Detail
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_White_Squares
    White Squares, 2015, Discarded cigarette packaging on linen, 60.75 x 40.5 in
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    White Squares Detail
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    White Squares Detail
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_White_Tessellation
    White Tessellation, 2014, Discarded cigarette packaging on canvas, 165 x 114 cm / 65 x 45 in
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    White Tessellation Detail
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    Untitled (Marlboro), 1999, Discarded Marlboro packaging on linen, 165 x 208 cm / 65 x 82 in
  • CES_Contemporary_Robert_Larson_Quantum_Marlboro_2013
    Quantum Marlboro, 2013, Discarded Marlboro cigarette packaging on canvas, 130 x 94 cm / 51 x 37 in
  • CES_Contemporary_Robert_Larson_Honeycomb_2013
    Honeycomb, 2013, Discarded Marlboro cigarette packaging on linen, 102 x 102 cm / 40 x 40 in
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Interchange_large
    Interchange, 2011, Discarded Marlboro cigarette packaging on canvas, 103 x 107 cm / 40.5 x 42 in
  • Robert_Larson_White_Honey
    White Honey, 2012, Discarded cigarette packaging on linen, 66 x 66 cm / 26 x 26 in
  • CES_Contemporary_Robert_Larson_Gold_Honey
    Gold Honey, 2010, Discarded cigarette packaging on linen, 44 x 45 cm / 17.5 x 18 in
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Argentum
    Argentum, 2014, Discarded tobacco foils on linen, 193 x 244 cm / 76 x 96 in
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Gold_Square
    Gold Square, 2014, Tobacco foil on linen, 81 x 86 cm / 32 x 34 in
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Silver_Square
    Silver Square, 2014, Tobacco foil on linen, 81 x 86 cm / 32 x 34 in
  • Robert_Larson_Unchained_12x12
    Unchained (Small), 2013, Discarded Marlboro cigarette packaging on linen, 51 x 46 cm / 20 x 18 in
  • CES_Gallery_Robert_Larson_Red_Orange_Marlboro
    Red Orange Marlboro, 2013, Discarded Marlboro packaging on paper, 30.5 x 41 cm / 12 x 16 in
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    Meditations On Top, 1997-2007, Discarded Top rolling paper packaging on linen, 61 x 57 cm / 24 x 22.5 in
  • CES_Contemporary_Robert_Larson_Slow_Burn
    Slow Burn, 1997 - 2007, Discarded Zig-Zag rolling paper packaging on canvas, 43 x 41 cm / 17 x 16 in
  • CES_Contemporary_Robert_Larson_Green_Quantum
    Green Quantum, 2013, Discarded American Spirit cigarette packaging on linen, 37 x 36 cm / 14.5 x 14 in
  • CES_Contemporary_Robert_Larson_Camels_Night_and_Day
    Camels Night & Day, 2013, Discarded Camel cigarette packaging on linen, 20 x 20 cm / 8 x 8 in
  • CES_Contemporary_Robert_Larson_Silver_Camels
    Silver Camels, 2013, Discarded Camel cigarette packaging on linen, 18 x 18 cm / 7 x 7 in
  • RobLarson_Passage_sm
    Passage, 2011, Discarded white generic matchbooks on linen, 31 x 27 cm / 12 x 10.5 in
  • CES_Contemporary_Robert_Larson_Oh_Thank_Heaven
    Oh Thank Heaven, 2010, Discarded 711 matchbooks on linen, 132.1 × 106.7 cm / 52 × 42 in
  • CES_Contemporary_Robert_Larson_Blue_JFK_VIIII
    Blue JFK, 2013, Discarded JFK matchbooks on canvas, 31 x 31 cm / 12 x 12 in
  • RobertLarson_Green_Triangles
    Green Triangles (Large), 2009, Discarded Newport packaging on paper, 38 x 50 cm / 15 x 19.5 in
  • RobertLarson_Green_Diamonds
    Green Diamonds (Small), 2009, Discarded matchbook packaging on paper, 29 x 38 cm / 11 x 15 in
  • RobertLarson_Red_Diamonds_large
    Red Diamonds (Large), 2009, Discarded matchbook packaging on paper, 76 x 57 cm / 30 x 22.5 in
  • RobertLarson_Veni_Vidi_Vici
    Veni Vidi Vici, 2009, Discarded Phillip Morris cigarette packaging on paper, 38 x 50 cm / 15 x 19.5 in
  • Basic_Stripes_19
    Basic Stripes, 2009, Discarded cigarette packaging on paper, 38 x 50 cm / 15 x 19.5 in
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b. 1968, Santa Cruz, CA
Lives and works in Santa Cruz, CA

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Robert Larson creates richly textured, visually meticulous collages using trash collected from urban environments that hint at sacred geometry, while emphasizing socio-political concerns, psychogeography, and the search for the American Dream. Larson considers the gestures of moving the body long distances through the landscape and of bending to collect detritus as performative in-situ action painting. On long-distance scavenging excursions, bits are collected, then sorted, stored, arranged, cut, and glued, over the course of weeks and months. Larson’s practice requires a ritualistic dedication that he has maintained for over twenty years—a journey of epic proportions, resulting in works of iconic and poetic significance. Larson’s relationship to material and appropriation remains true to the found object aesthetic, following in the path of predecessors such as Ed Kienholz, Kurt Schwitters, and Robert Rauschenberg, while keeping in dialog with contemporary practitioners such as Mark Bradford and Richard Prince.

Robert Larson (b. 1968, Santa Cruz, CA) attended Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA and California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. He has participated in group and solo exhibitions at venues including The Carl Cherry Center for the Arts in Carmel, CA; Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, CA; Eyebuzz Fine Art in Tarrytown, NY; Elouise Pickard Smith Gallery at UC Santa Cruz; Coachella Valley Art Center in Indio, CA; SFMOMA Artists Gallery; and the Kala Arts Institute. Larson is the recipient of both the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship and the Tom Allen Painting Scholarship. His work has been featured in Hyperallergic, Arts Observer, Droste Effect, Beautiful Decay, Design Milk, and Wall Street International. Larson is represented by CES Gallery in Los Angeles and Joshua Liner Gallery in New York and he currently lives and works in Santa Cruz, CA.

Exhibitions:

Fog A Mirror

Processing Commitment

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