Chris Lael Larson
Chris Lael Larson is a Portland-based artist working in the overlap of photography, assemblage, and painting to create new perceptual experiences. He culls riches from the everyday absurd, forefronting the strange, ridiculous, and confounding ways we connect to each other, the things we consume, and the environments we inhabit. Larson constructs temporary altar-like assemblages for the camera utilizing found objects, reclaimed materials, natural elements, cheaply-printed photographs, and paint to accentuate their latent qualities and reframe their meaning. He contrasts low-value materials and unrefined mark-making with a hyperreal lighting technique to create a final image that confounds expectations.