* Tor Larsen | Stanley Street Gallery

* Tor Larsen

Tor’s artwork is inspired by film making processes in which a scene is defined by a camera frame enclosing environments, objects/props that viewers mentally and occasionally physically interact with. His disturbing and surreal creations are infused with a sense of lost history, changing social/philosophical values as well as well as darker subconscious themes.
His recent work is based on the enclosed vitrine, reminiscent of a C18 Kunstkabinett (Cabinet of Wonder). In these museum style specimen cabinets a combination of organic and human-made materials are combined to evoke a psychological reaction in the viewer.
When we look into the world created in a cabinet we make our own connections and assumptions based on personal histories and knowledge of the world. He speaks about his work as originating from an interest in creating objects, environments and spaces that pose questions that don’t always have comfortable answers.

 

Tor Larsen, Trigger, Timber, polyurethane foam, found objects, electric candles, 52.5cm x 42.5cm x 30.5cm - $1350

Tor Larsen, Trigger, Timber, polyurethane foam, found objects, electric candles, 52.5cm x 42.5cm x 30.5cm - $1350

Tor Larsen - Time Machine - Timber, Brass, Machine Parts, Generated lighting $1,300

Tor Larsen - Time Machine - Timber, Brass, Machine Parts, Generated lighting $1,300

Bio
As an artist Tor gained early exposure to tools and processes in his parent’s jewellery workshop. His first jobs were as a model and prop-maker which led to further employment in the film industry building miniature scenes and creating visual effects. In 1998 he completed a diploma in production design at the AFTRS, following which he worked for various companies and productions on the Gold Coast and in Melbourne as an art director and visual effects coordinator, eventually becoming a producer in Sydney. In 2015 Tor completed a degree in political economy at Sydney University. More recently he has been making jewellery, small sculptures and miniature installations that reflect his political, social and historical/cultural interests as experienced through the cinematic frame. His most recent exhibition was held with his parents and sister, Two Generations: Larsen & Lewers Pia Larsen, Tor Larsen at Spot81 gallery, Sydney in 2016.