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Mernet Larsen probes perception and experience
Mernet Larsen probes perception and experience

Please forgive me for suggesting that Mernet Larsen’s thoroughly remarkable paintings are reminiscent of a Dire Straits video. If you spent any time in the 1980s watching MTV, you know the one: an early example of digital animation, all blocky volumes and stilted movement. Yet Larsen’s work is much stranger and more disorienting. The 75-year-old Florida artist’s exhibition at Various Small Fires — her first in L.A. — goes beyond a superficial resemblance to digital imagery to probe the vagaries of perception and physical experience. Larsen’s figures are often more like furniture than people. In “Subway,” the flattened arms of a trench...

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