Information about my art and I
My name is Logan Larsen and I am an 18-year-old artist currently in my foundations year at the University of Texas at Austin.
During the fall of my junior year in high school I was a student of the Oxbow School in Napa, California, a one-semester arts high school, bringing students from all over the world to live and work in a single boarding school environment. Oxbow gave me the ability to pursue academics through the lenses of art and taught me the importance of research in my artistic practice. I worked with my peers and teachers on projects that inspired and challenged me to work in new and exciting ways. This creative exploration at Oxbow resulted in a month-long research project that involved intense research and writing, paired with art making that was then presented to my peers and the public in the form of a final show. Oxbow gave me the ability to discuss and probe into new conceptual and visual ideas.
Over the course of my senior year I was lucky enough to be involved in multiple museum programs, which advanced my knowledge of museum institutions and contemporary art. I was part of the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Student Advisory board, which allowed me to meet monthly at the museum to discuss and analyze the current exhibitions on view. In addition to this program, I was also part of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s Teen Artist Project which met weekly to pursue an ongoing conversation between the artworks on view and visiting artist’s brought in by the Modern. This program allowed me to create a correlation between the themes of conceptualism and my own work. I was then able to pursue a visiting artist residency at the Crow Collection of Asian art in Dallas with artist Jay Shinn, helping to create neon works that would respond to the museum’s collection and be displayed in the museum. Over the summer before my freshman year of college I was also part of a weeklong program at the Rachofsky Warehouse in Dallas working with Visiting artists and making works responding to themes found throughout the exhibition on view.
The past few years I have been interested in exploring the correlation between religion and art. This exploration spawned from my travel to Europe where I was able to explore holy spaces firsthand and pick up on the elements of ornamentation and embellishment employed throughout the spaces. I draw inspiration from the religious ideals of Lux Nova and Anagogical Space, which attempt to bring about this god-like presence in the space. This analysis of ancient sources has led me to explorations into the creation of these spaces by more contemporary artists like Rothko and Matisse, allowing me to approach how I employ the conceptual notion of space in my work.