"100 Hours" Artist Larry Carlson

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Artist Larry Carlson
Larry Carlson's art is better viewed rather than described.

His work is often a surreal mix of web art, digital imagery, animation, collage, video and sound that results in a unique form which almost by necessity should be seen to be believed.

Carlson is among a group of 18 artist who plan to participate during a MCLA [Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts] Gallery 51 five-day art-creating event. The Jan. 25-30 hours-long mix of artist and medium is a prelude to a "100 Hours In The Woodshed" exhibit to feature selected works made by the artists. The exhibit debut is planned for the Jan. 30 evening.

Carlson's work includes web sites, and some of the sites have been shown as part of museum exhibits, he said during a Jan. 15 telephone interview.

"I am known for web sites," he said. "No matter what medium I am working with, there is a collage technique involved. There's so much about collage that I like; working with the images, the energy."

Carlson is preparing for the gallery event and will bring supplies with him, he said.

"I'm going to be bringing down a lot of my digital stuff and I'll be bringing a lot of my books," he said. "I'm also looking forward to the creative energy of the people."

Creating as part of a larger group invites a different synergy, Carlson said.

"It's one thing to work in your own space and it's another to feed off all that energy," he said. "When you are around other artists, you are exposed to how they work. I'm looking forward to it."

As a child in Bergenfield, N.J., Carlson spent time drawing and began to keep a sketchbook at an early age. His artist's attention has always been captivated by nature, he said.

His work has been shown in galleries and museums in Brazil, Sweden, France, Germany, and the United States. He has provided live visuals for electronic music events hosted in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Toronto, Canada.

Carlson is a Cooper Union School of Art graduate. Carlson's work may be viewed at a www.larrycarlson.com Internet web site.

A public reception for the artists is planned for 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at the gallery.

The public may also watch artists work from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. beginning Jan. 26 - Jan. 28, and during Jan. 29 10 a.m.- 8 p.m..

A gallery-hosted reception is scheduled to kick off the Jan. 30 exhibit. The reception is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 9 p.m..

Information about the exhibit is available by calling 413-664-8718 or visiting a www.mcla.edu/Gallery51 Internet web site.
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