Benson Gallery

Venues:  Riverworks and Benson Campus Galleries
Dates:  August 18 - September 25, 2015

Riverworks Gallery
1-5pm Wednesday - Sunday
Artist Reception:  First Friday, September 4, 6-9pm

Benson Campus Galleries
9am - 8pm Monday - Thursday, 9am - 5pm Friday
Gallery Talk:  Thursday, August 27, 4:30pm

Linda Larsen, in speaking of her paintings, monotypes, and sculptures, states, "The work I have been making since 1965 is tied thematically to the exploration of perceived forms of mental slavery, suppression, and imprisonment of the human mind at the hands of whatever hierarchical/authoritative body might be governing the individual." In sights unforeseen, Larsen's art thematically no longer speaks to perceived forms of slavery but to the actual, historical, physical enslavement of black people at the hands of white people and the inordinately high rate of black incarceration within our current judicial system.

sights unforeseen contains paintings of pristine, white shells on white sand paired with black faces. The shells are presented in their entirety and the faces only partially. The viewers see these objects as if they too were lying in the sand with the objects at eye level. Larsen continues her meditation on slavery with monotypes of African American bodies peacefully released and suspended in water after their confident final choice of drowning over enslavement during their voyage from Africa to America. Among the paintings and monotypes are beautifully crafted mixed media sculptures that challenge our current notion of blind justice. Larsen as a white woman expresses some discomfort in presenting work about black enslavement but unfortunately white people too own the slavery questions, not as the enslaved but as the enslavers. Larsen's colors, forms, composition, and craft lure us to consider her message, "In a broad sense we are all in bondage to enslaved ways of thinking and reacting, and maybe this is our common humanity."

sights unforeseen is a single exhibition on view in two Greenville Technical College locations: Riverworks Gallery in downtown Greenville and the Benson Campus Galleries in Taylors. Larsen will give a gallery talk at the Benson Campus on Thursday, August 27 at 4:30 pm. She will also be on hand First Friday, September 4 at Riverworks Gallery from 6-9pm. The exhibition and gallery talk are free and open to the public.  

Linda Larsen is a printmaker, sculptor and painter. She currently lives and works in Asheville, NC where she has exhibited at Front Gallery of the Community Arts Council, Zone One Contemporary Gallery, and Flood Gallery Fine Arts Center. Most recently "Sights Unseen" was on view at Upstairs Artspace in Tryon, NC. Larsen and her husband have lived in Asheville since 1983, first raising their sons and now enjoying their grandson's visits there.

Riverworks Gallery and the Benson Campus Galleries are operated by and for the faculty and students of the Department of Visual Arts at Greenville Technical College. Riverworks Gallery is located at 300 River Street, Suite 202, along the scenic Reedy River in downtown Greenville, SC. The Benson Campus Galleries are located at 2522 Locust Hill Road (Hwy 290) in Taylors, SC.

For more information, call:
Fleming Markel, Manager                   
RIVERWORKS Gallery                         
(864) 271-0679 or email                     
or visit www.gvltec.edu/dva/