Larry Carlson, Echolocation in the Sea of Stars, digital chromogenic print, 36x26in., 2012.
Larry Carlson's greatest strength is in artfully depicting the mystical dimensions of consciousness, coaxing us into sweet spiritualized epiphanies one moment then plunging us into completely bizarre surreal frenzies the next. Few artists can rival him in terms of innovation, vision, talent, high-yield experimentation. and courage to peer in to the unknown. Carlson's artwork gives us a kind of disjointed representation of the slippery nature of the unconscious mind driven to surreal Dionysian extremes. His artwork fuses together aspects of mysticism, surrealism, psychedelia, pop, naturalism and the technological, resulting in sublime juxtapositions that can totally bend one’s perception.
G4Tech TV called him “The Salvador Dali of the Next Century”, and High Times magazine labeled him an “artistic mastermind".
A pioneer in experimental multimedia web-art, he first started exhibiting his artwork online in 1997. In 2000 Carlson published the legendary web sites Virtual OM and Larrycarlson.com which featured his original full screen psychotropic entertainment for the online masses around the world. For the past seven years Yahoo! directory has ranked Larry Carlson as the number one computer artist in the world. International newspapers like London’s Guardian, Montreal’s Mirror, and Istanbul’s Vatan News and magazines US weekly, Vice, Juxtapoz, High Times, Beautiful/Decay, BoingBoing, Lucky and NY Arts have all done features on his unique awe-inspiring art.
Larry Carlson has exhibited his collage paintings and digital photo artwork in the U.S., Sweden, Brazil, France, Canada, India, and Germany. In 2009, The Museum of Modern Art in New York City exhibited some of his handmade collage art books in the show Book/Shelf. His mind bending movies have been screened at the Brattle Theater in Boston, A.T.A. in San Francisco, The Paço das Artes Museum in San Palo, Brazil, Alex Grey’s COSM gallery in New York City, as well as a giant outdoor video installation at Harvard Square,Massachusetts. He also puts on live experimental VJ shows, providing visuals for major events in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Austin, Toronto, London and Amsterdam.
Larry Carlson creates his own original music and soundtracks and so far has released seven albums. In 2008, Portland, Oregon’s KBOO 90.7 fm hosted two Larry Carlson music specials featuring his surreal soundtracks. He is a Cooper Union School of Art graduate, where he studied painting and film-making. Currently Larry Carlson lives and works out of his studio in New York City.
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