-- Una Hagen (1973)
"To rebel or revolt against
the status quo is in the very nature of an artist."
Caviar, Vol. 3 Anniversary Issue, 2002
Art of Reno Larson
Larson's self-portrait (at right) portrays the artist viewing his own work
in a gallery setting. A framed portrait bearing a bruised and severed transgendered
torso hangs larger than life in a stark room, looming before the artist.
The artist is portrayed as a simple man dressed in monochromatic neutral-tones.
He gazes up at his work from a corner of the room. In the foreground, one
severed breast-- obviously removed/missing from the framed torso-- is perched
upon a table, placed on a traditional Buffalo diner-style plate. The disembodied
breast seems to be served as simply as if it were a slice of peach pie
from the corner lunch counter.
the artist deconstructing his own work in this self-portrait? Or is he
merely observing his own work while offering a hefty piece of himself to
the viewer? Reno dares to peek under the veil of decay, and sometimes despair,
then places emotionally difficult imagery amidst diametrically opposed
settings, such as the genius work he's done with his "Living In Barbie's
Dream House" series. With such violent, sexual and disturbing imagery,
it may take a lot to muster a peek at Reno Larson's work, but Mind Caviar
feels it's well worth the punch in the gut and the treat for the eyes--
not to mention the rush of guilt induced from Larson's wicked humour.
Industries to see more of Reno Larson's work.
Reno Larson regarding his work.
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