Using techniques such as plaster carving, mold-making, and woodworking, Evan Larson manipulates the existing structures within the gallery to create a seemingly-organic and often ephemeral space of neutrality between object and viewer within institutional dynamics.
Evan Larson received his Masters of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and his Bachelors of Fine Arts from University of Wisconsin Milkwaukee. His past teaching experience includes Assistant professor of metalsmithing at Rhode Island College and visiting Assistant professor of metalsmithing at Southwest Texas State University in 2001. He has received a Fulbright Research Grant, which funded His research into the relationship between national treasures (individual artists), industry and universities, which compose the culture of Korean metalsmithing. Larson is currently a Graduate Officer and Associate Professor in Metalsmithing at Wayne State University.
Larson has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally including venues such as the National Ornamental Museum, The Museum of Arts & Crafts, Itami, Japan, Internationalen Handwerkmesse, Munich, Germany, San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum in California and the Cranbrook Art Museum (2006). He has demonstrated and lectured on various topics nationally and internationally (ranging from the Netherlands to Korea). His work has been published in catalogs, magazines and books such as 500 Bracelet and Metalsmith Magazine.
Larson's current work explores intersections and cultures of display while treating these ideas and spaces as entities that are permeable and have mutual voice through the lens of decorative arts traditions. His treatment of the gallery's physical structure as material for craftsmanship seeks to introduce ideas of the neutral and reverse the power-train of energy which frequently results in preconceived notions about the relationship between art and craft. His work delaminates the subject/object relationships between space and work through collapsing two-dimensional and three-dimensional physicality as a method to catalyzing the viewer's experience.