Miracle Pennies and Other Stories
Photography and Video by Nate Larson
DateJan 25 - Mar 30, 2008
VenueWeston Art Gallery
Dee and Tom Stegman
A Chicago-based artist and photographer, Nate Larson's photographic work uses visual and textual narrative to explore the way in which we construct meaning in contemporary culture through the lenses of religion, consumer behavior, and secular mythologies. His stories weave tales of ordinary days that have gone peculiar, obsessive methods of analysis, and insignificant objects that suddenly take on extraordinary significance. Miracle Pennies and Other Stories continues this exploration with Larson's darkly humorous storytelling dissecting the line between belief and skepticism, while examining the relationship of photography to both objective and subjective truth.
Nate Larson's photographic work has been widely exhibited across the United States and featured internationally in exhibitions in Canada, Greece, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and the United Kingdom. His work has been written about in numerous publications including the New York Times. Larson's photographs and artist books are included in the collections of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Banff Centre in Alberta, the Midwest Photographers Project Collection at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, and McHenry County College, among others. His artwork has received grant support from the Ultimate Eye Foundation (San Francisco, CA); Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester, NY); the Banff Centre (Alberta, Canada); the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; and the Illinois Arts Council. Larson earned a bachelor of arts from Purdue University and a master of fine arts from Ohio State University. He holds a tenured teaching appointment at Elgin Community College in Illinois.
Gallery Talk Series: Sat., Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.