Art, science and a touch of the theatrical are combined in Tor Larsen’s Virtual Relics. Imagining the future with only the past as our guide has always made humanity feel uncomfortable and threatened, as we wait impatiently for the scientists to invent a time machine. Artist Tor Larsen’s box sculptures contain objects and images which although familiar are unsettling and yet somehow safely contained, like a Victorian curio inside their boxes.
In creating these Virtual Relics, Tor Larsen has combined the idea of ancient and revered religious objects, carefully preserved in sealed containers for the edification of the faithful with more contemporary items and concepts. These are less likely to inspire spiritual awe yet inviting contemplation and disturbing conclusions.
“In each piece I attempt to recapture pasts, real, imagined or simply felt whilst also projecting a virtual and potentially threatening future into the mind of the viewer.”
Tor Larsen has taken a round-about path to the world of small sculpture and box art creation.
Starting with industrial design at Sydney College of the Arts in the 1980s, through model making, film art direction, visual effects and eventually film and TV commercial production. Tor takes much of his visual inspiration from the cinematic/ theatrical traditions, heavily influenced by a long-standing interest in kinetic mechanical constructions and jewellery making.
A recent return to academia has added additional philosophical, political, social and economic layers to his work. This return encouraged him to explore historical moments and contemporary topical issues through a range of satirical, humorous and occasionally dystopian metaphors, symbolism and more direct references.
Opening celebration with the artist Tor Larsen, Thursday 28 June from 6pm.
Saturdays, 11am to 5pm
Wednesday 20 June to Saturday 14 July 2018
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