june 11th // klair larason
For June at DNA Galleries we are changing things up a little with an Artist Preview Reception: Thursday, June 11th from 6-9pm, preceding our regularly scheduled 2nd Friday Opening the following night during Live On The Plaza.
Join us as artist Klair Larason displays new works filled with a mixture of vibrant colors, fluid shapes and textures from both manmade and natural origin. Using her personally developed foil gum wrapper gilding process, each piece relates to "individual experiences" from the artist's life from the last 2 years. The concept behind each piece is explored with the use of skulls, bones and 2-d surfaces as support structures for the gum wrapper medium. A playful palette of colors flow in an almost liquid state over the visually raw elements of the skull and bone based pieces, creating a sense of contrast and layered meaning. To accompany this series, Klair has produced a series of skateboard decks which contain patterns made up of select pieces from the show.
Artist Preview Reception: June 11th 6pm-9pm LIVE On The Plaza Opening: June 12th 7pm-11pm Exhibit Runs June 11th - July 3rd
Artist Questions // Klair Larason
What is your medium/process? I use the foil from colored gum wrappers. They're my primary medium and I support my work with bones, skulls, or design on a 2-d format. The process is close to gilding, however my technique differs from professional gild-work as I don't use artist quality material. For my sculpture, I melt polymer over whatever I'm going to be working on, then peel foil off the wrappers, and adhere it to the areas I want to cover on my work. When choosing my skulls and subject matter, I look for things that interest me, or allow me to express a feeling I've experienced recently.
Where are you from? I'm from Oklahoma City! I was born here, and I've lived here forever. I travel to New Mexico quite a bit too, so I also feel comfortable when I'm on the mesa and in the mountains. I'm fortunate to be able to call both places home.
How would you describe your latest body of work? I would describe each piece as a series of individual experiences I've had in the last two years. Some of those experiences are great and happy, while others are the lowest I've felt in my life. I think the use of color speaks most about each piece. Even though my medium has only 14-16 choices of colour, I like to experiment with the combinations to create my perception about my memories. The artificial restriction of a small palette gives me more limitations, and I like that. I think it helps me to push back harder against those adversities, within my art and outside of my control in the larger world.
What inspires you? Oh gosh, other art and music for sure. I'll get hooked on one artist for maybe a month, then move on, but I always remember what I've seen. Right now I've enjoyed work from Sarah Cain and Chris Ware. Juxtapoz had fantastic interviews from them both featured in this year's May issue, and I've kept it close since it arrived in the mail. I've also been drunk on Mac Demarco, Connan Mockasin, and Corners. I can't figure out how to listen to any other music right now. And lastly, my friends who also make art rub off on me too. I like to see what they're doing, because most of the time what they make is really cool.
How did you get started? I always remember when I was little, about times when I would just like to create something, either building a box fort or trying to write my own stories. I was twelve, and during a spell of boredom I tried to peel foil off a gum wrapper, like a friend showed me how to do at school. I started to cover a skateboard, and that alone took a year to do, but after a while I got more skilled at it, and started doing other small things. After a while, working became an escape for me, and I just kept going. It probably all came about because was a really lonely, weird kid.
What are your goals for the future? I'm in a slight lull right now, taking things easy, saving up, and making things I haven't had time for until now. Starting on some really big work, stuff that can't be made at a desk. Things like that. I'm working on becoming a more professional artist and not be so spotty with everything. It's really hard, but I hope it pays off.
Special Thanks I'd like to thank everyone at DNA Galleries, Dylan and Amanda Bradway, Stacey Miller and Tony Morton, the good folks at Core Extreme Sports, Charlie Trujillo at Lettering Express, Kaiser Volk, Karen Collier, Garrett Young, and my parents for all the help with this show. Without you guys, I'd be a mess.