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Larry Jens Anderson

Callonwolde Fine Arts Center

Larry Jens Anderson’s recent work balances a century of the clichés of the classroom on the edge of their common conformism. The key to the works in this show, all from 1986, was Golden Triangle, in which a photograph of a pair of the Parthenon’s sculptures is collaged into a drawn triangle, as if the sculptures had been reinserted into the pediment from which Lord Elgin removed them. The craft element of art school instruction is brought into play by the prominence in the piece of Anderson’s handmade paper, and the whole period of late Modernist formalism is recalled by the major abstract motif, an X in a square that recurs in much of his recent work. Several other works are mock artists’ books, projected onto framed sheets complete with a drawn spiral binding, as in The Good (Explanatory) Book. His “good book” reference is a critique of the myth of a single true method, style, or

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