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Kevin Larmon

Nature Morte

Kevin Larmon’s recent paintings demonstrate a more pronounced luminosity than did his earlier works. Larmon has removed the dark blanket of black tones that once served as a backdrop for his hovering, iconic fruit bowls. He has held on to the fruit bowls themselves, and uses them as strange signifiers of typical still lifes, complete with connotations of painting’s history. The highly stylized arrangement of a saucer dish balancing what looks like a pear and an apple has become a signature element of Larmon’s art. This fruit bowl floats almost arbitrarily on densely layered grounds covered with scrapes, smears, oil-paint buildup, and teasing excerpts of pornographic images. The simultaneous submergence and emergence of various marks and image referents gives the canvases new tension. The layered, congested grounds overwhelm the rigidly defined fruit bowl; it exists as an inert, flat mass

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