Nate Larson




Burn marks in the shape of South America. Mysterious noises and voices caught on magnetic cassette tapes. Circumstantial coincidences linking events in my life with lives as disparate from my own as that of Elvis Presley and the Pope. Mysterious shapes in the sky recorded in Polaroid photographs.

Clad in a short sleeve white dress shirt and striped tie, I whisper these and other stories taken from my life and the lives of those around me. The clothes function elusively; I’m the everyperson – the salesperson at the store, the co-worker at the office, the religious zealot on the street corner. I’m a storyteller, weaving tales of ordinary days gone peculiar, of insignificant objects that suddenly take on extraordinary significance. The nature of the photographs assures you that this is a “document” – the objects in the photographs presented as “proof” of an experience, of a realization. Photographs exist as fragmented moments removed from context, but we want to believe, need to believe, that reality can be recorded. That the intangible can be made concrete and that absolute proof exists. The photographs are injected with a superimposed textual narrative – after all, what can we use to communicate if not language, if not the photographic image? If we cannot believe photographs, what can we believe? If a glistening product in an advertisement will not fix us, what will?

Series produced from 2003-2006. All prints are Archival Pigment Prints, 14″ x 9.25″, framed 20″ x 16″.


5 thoughts on “Nate Larson

  1. i love this series of work. i don’t often see work that is this down to earth, basic, simple, and yet entertaining and engaging. the artist has taken simple thoughts (that i think everyone has but doesn’t vocalize) and draws attention to them by giving them a voice and making us notice. i think that these simple, funny, and intimate thoughts are sometimes a taboo almost, because it makes us seem paranoid or crazy.

  2. This series really shows Nate’s personality and his view on culture. With his sense of humor he is easily able to take thoughts that he has but probably most people have as well and conceptualize them to where the issues have more of a voice.

  3. Interesting concept.

    I think there is a difference between the first and second image in terms of how the aperture was set? It seems as though the first image is quite a bit more blurry. I think that was done intentionally, but for me it creates a sort of unnecessary contrast that feels like the picture was hastily taken.

    Beyond that, I’m curious as to why you decided on Courier (or something similar) as the font for the wording. Most newspapers aren’t typed out like that; usually they opt for a legible serif face. Again, I think the font was a hastily made decision that didn’t have much to do with the actual story.

    I do like the concept though. It’s an interesting example of dry humor and what I’m assuming is Nate’s personality. Hopefully in the future, more thought goes into the actual realization of the idea because if that does indeed happen, I expect great images to occur.

  4. The story about the ad for the time traveler is very intriguing.

    Do you think these artworks would be more powerful as video with voice or less? I am not sure myself . The reason I ask this question is that the written word takes over the visual image. This also happens in advertising. Both images have the quality of an advertisement or video still. Alone I do not know if these images would be as engaging.

    Thank you for “reposting”.

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