New Lobby Show, Artist JR Larson Presents Works on Paper

Raised in the Cajun South, JR Larson has a personal connection to ritual festivities including Mardi Gras and the mysticism surrounding voodoo. Now embracing a multitude of cultures, Larson focuses on the creation of spirited objects; his artworks are heavy with the weight of transformative powers: woven, torn, worn-through, pierced and burned.

These works on paper were spawned from a quote from Iain Hamilton Grant: ‘while it is true that everything visible is becoming, it is not true that all becoming is visible [...]’

Starting with a delicate line that defines a form, the artist develops a scene in which each multiple forms reinforce their neighbors; and we see them at rest, toppling and climbing upon each other. Their placement on the page and relationship to each other eventually define the overarching space. As a whole, the larger abstract forms are capable of relaying a variety of feelings, from as a sense of hopeful reaching to harassment and collapse.

As an offshoot of the original drawing series, the artist has added another dimension of colorful line atop which disrupts and informs the imaginary landscape he so carefully crafted. The colorful string serves as a tool to engage the viewer in an even more basic way, by pushing the image back. This shift of space leads to the reading of the work as two abstract worlds that coexist simultaneously, the directionality of the line flirts with the suggestion of a higher power, even if only a scientific one, prioritized by chroma.

Collective Craft is a creative house and collaborative platform for emerging local artists, working with various partners to present unique exhibition opportunities that showcase curated environments.

The Roger Smith is a family run hotel in Midtown Manhattan. For over 20 years the owners and staff have been committed to shaping and growing a diverse and organic cultural footprint both within the hotel and beyond. With a continued desire to converse and engage with guests, with New York and places further afield, The Roger Smith Hotel’s creative program seeks to create big opportunities, pleasurable experiences, inspiring happenings and intelligent dialogues.

The show will be on view in the lobby of The Roger Smith Hotel, located at 501 Lexington Avenue, through February 1, 2013.

For more information about art at The Roger Smith Hotel contact Danika Druttman at or call 212.339.2092

To find out more about Collective Craft contact Jillian Siegal at or Ph. 646-481-7784