20th June – 14th July 2018
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.
Tor Larsen Virtual Relics Catalogue 27th June 2018
About Tor Larsen
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 1980’s, 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 encouraging him to explore historical moments and contemporary topical issues through a range of satirical, humorous and occasionally dystopic metaphors, symbolism and more direct references.
The choice of materials has always been important for Tor. His preference for found and recycled materials and objects, each imbued with its own history, is crucial to his conceptual development, often informing the construction, ultimate shape and meaning in a given work.
The other important aspect of the creative process for Tor is the juxtaposition of unlikely materials, objects and ideas as a means of stimulating thought and emotional responses in the viewer. Sometimes effected through mechanical interaction with a work where the viewer becomes part of the process of its realisation.
In creating these Virtual Relics I have 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, 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 as well project a virtual and potentially threatening future into the mind of the viewer.