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Caroline Larsen
P.A.N.A.M.A. R.E.N.A

March 31st 2012 – April 28th 2012
Opening reception Saturday March 31st 1–4 PM

Smouldering Container Ship by Caroline Larsen

ANGELL GALLERY is pleased to present "P.A.N.A.M.A. R.E.N.A.,” the premiere solo exhibition by artist Caroline Larsen. The exhibition will be on display in the Project Room from March 31st to April 28th, 2012. An opening reception will be held on Saturday March 31st from 1:00-4:00pm.

Mixing a pixilated kind of neo-impressionist pointillism with the idea of textile weaving, Caroline Larsen’s paintings are beautifully simple and yet hard to figure out. Her technique with oil paint is so expertly peculiar her viewer can be tempted to spend their time simply trying to figure out how she does it; this however, is a mistake, because her technique, impressive as it is, is fused to her subject matter in an inseparable way. Although her work balances formal interests with subjective ones, she invests fully in her imagery, culling series from her lived experience and most tenacious memories. Her current exhibition at Angell Gallery, P.A.N.A.M.A. R.E.N.A., records a strange and menacing number of massive cargo ships, seen by the artist on her travels, notably in the Panama Canal. Reduced by her painting to pattern, surface and color but sacrificing little in terms of ability to reference the world (with all of its implications of economic and environmental issues), these works are finally, simply of transportation machines hugely beyond our human scale. What they are about is the way those things affect us when we confront them.

Great, dark, somewhat fearful objects, Larsen’s ships negotiate a kind of truce with their ‘container’ paintings; leaving the ships their sense of grandeur, her technique slips a playful, even somewhat anthropomorphic sensitivity into their shapes, and their movement. They slide through their environments, massive yet controlled by the painter, impressive yet cute without ever devolving into kitsch fetishes, always freeing themselves again from the picture plane they have become imprisoned in. Mingling memory and aversion with desire and visual intensity, Larsen’s work provides an invitation to experience something most of us rely on yet never see; the human-made Leviathans of the sea, the giant whales of capitalism’s control of the earth’s oceans.

Caroline Larsen is a visual artist based in Toronto. She received her BFA (2004) from the University of Waterloo, and her Post-Graduate Diploma in Visual Art and Art History Education (2006) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Featured in NOW Magazine, the Waterloo Chronicle, Beautiful Decay, Fresh Bread and Artist A Day, she has exhibited her paintings across Canada. For more information, please visit www.carolinelarsenart.com.

Works in the show

Smouldering Container Ship
Smouldering Container Ship
Oil on canvas on board
40" × 50"
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About to Capsize
About to Capsize
Oil on canvas on board
40" × 50"
sold
MSC Chita
MSC Chita
Oil on board
16" × 20"
sold
YM-Taichung
YM-Taichung
Oil on board
16" × 16"
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Cargo Dock
Cargo Dock
Oil on board
16" × 20"
sold
Cougar Ace Detail
Cougar Ace Detail
Oil on board
16" × 16"
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Ital Florida
Ital Florida
Oil on canvas on board
27" × 31"
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Manine Panama
Manine Panama
Oil on board
16" × 16"
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Container Fire
Container Fire
Oil on canvas on board
27" × 31"
sold
Shipping
Shipping
Oil on canvas on board
27" × 31"
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MSC Napoli
MSC Napoli
Oil on canvas on board
27" × 31"
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Rena Disaster
Rena Disaster
Oil on canvas on board
27" × 31"
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MSC Napoli Disappearing into the Ocean
MSC Napoli Disappearing into the Ocean
Oil on canvas on board
27" × 31"
sold

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