..Larry Nathanson

Coming to your town soon
Digital transform

41" x 15"

2006
Planetary emergency
Digital transform

8.5" x 16"

2007
Guilt
Mask of wood, cactus and paper

12" x 16"

2007
Madrid to Barcelona
Mixed media on 300 lb
cold pressed paper
40" x 60"
2006
Fossil fuels future
Digital transform

23.75" x 6"

2007
Observatoire
Digital transform

21.6" x 16"

2006
Columbus sets sail
Digital transform

15" x 20"

2006
Margarita and me
Mixed media on hardboard

36" x 24"

2006
Parting the waters
Digital transform

30.5" x 16"

2006

The pictures I make and the stories they tell, particularly over the past ten years, have been made and told with a mixture of media.
Most of my work contain images that are taken out of their original context and redefined by including them in a completely different context…They are transformed.
Almost all my work contains a combination of photographs I have taken and translated into computer images printed on plastic and paper with the use of varying unusual materials such as rug glue, nails, common hardware store items, metals, wire, wood and paint.
The subjects of my work are the topics and questions of humanity…Religion, environment, politics, ethics, life challenges, natural disasters and relationships, peppered with occasional historical art references.
Works like “goodbye”, “bad air day”, “planetary emergency” and “fossil fuels future” reference the environmental challenges our world is facing now and in the future. “struggling through the morass”, “digestive”, “rheumatoid arthritis”, “me at 63”, “sucked in spit out” and “the sufferer cannot escape” focus on life’s difficulties. “margarita and me” and “me and the blue boy” suggest a radical departure from traditional historic art. Transforms like “W.M.D.”, “spreading democracy” and “parting the waters” deal with the political and ethical questions of contemporary life.
Generally I don’t plan my work. The image emerges by chance. When I begin a piece I usually have the materials on hand that I need to start and see the image through to fruition. As I begin to build a work, its point of view begins to emerge most of the time to my surprise, which I then continue to expand and refine.

Unlike artists who know exactly how and what they are about to embark on when they put paint to canvas, my mind could be a blank. I always feel when I start that the finished piece will result in an image never imagined in the beginning. I actually discover the subject as I’m working and the I work my way out of the picture as opposed to working my way in. I’ve learned this technique practicing my landscape art: I don’t prepare a visual plan for placing plants in the landscape. I gather the plants that I think will be appropriate for the space and then place them as if they were paints on a canvas. This is exactly how I build an art piece.

 

Background

I’ve spent the last thirty-five years as a devoted businessman, landscape artist and painter. I’ve traveled extensively throughout Latin American visiting Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guatemala and the Galapagos Islands. I’ve also traveled throughout the Caribbean and I’ve visited major cities in England, Spain and France as well as the United States And Canada. I’ve created indoor gardens for major United States corporations as well as designing the largest private garden on the island of Saint Barthelemy in the French West Indies.
I was born in New York City in 1941 and graduated from New York University’s School of Business in 1964. As far back as I can remember I’ve expressed myself visually through drawing and painting and I’ve continued to do so in an enlarged studio that I opened six years ago on the Brooklyn waterfront.

I’ve been making art since before I was ten years old. While looking into the air as a young boy and seeing particles moving in the sun, I imagined I was the only person who saw them that way. I continue to look at everything expectantly. For me the combination of balance, line, density, color, size and shape of what is being observed is its reality…Its transformed reality.

 

 

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