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Jill Larson



This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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An exploding balloon relieves tensions (even if it creates others). Larson’s installation traces and documents the culminating tension as a series of helium-filled balloons slowly descend onto a bed of sharp pins. Chance conditions the work as much as planning.


Gestures 7: July 31 – October 8, 2005
About The Artist

Jill Larson explores ideas of life and death, the passing of time, change and acceptance. Searching for beauty that can be found, even in the most devastating and tragic events, Larson’s conceptual installations are informed by personal experiences that resonate on a universal level. Larson studied art and photography at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and the Atlanta College of Art. Larson completed her studies at Georgia State University, where she earned an MFA. Larson is the founder of Fe Gallery, Pittsburgh, where she worked as the Executive Director and Curator from 2003-2010. She currently works as an independent curator. She has exhibited her work at the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Johannesburg Museum of Art, Goetheinstitut, the Andy Warhol Museum, Albany Museum of Art, Telfair Museum of Art, Museum of Arts and Science, The LaGrange Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, SPACE and numerous other museums and galleries in the United States, Africa and Europe.

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