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William Larson

Arcadia University Art Gallery

William Larson began his distinguished career as a photographer in the late ’60s, when he first identified his interests in the technology of the medium and its conventions of representation. His largely conceptual work is characterized by a sense of experiment as well as an exquisite formalist approach, both due, perhaps, to a certain freedom and aesthetic derived from his training as a painter. It’s not difficult to see in retrospect how his ongoing commitment to the language of still imagery anticipated an exploration of the moving image: From his earliest sequential photographic series to the more recent staged still composites, Larson has been so thoroughly engaged with ideas of time and space that his venture into video in 1998 was both inevitable and welcome. Larson’s work in that medium is an extension of his photographic thinking, even as it embraces a new discourse with the

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