Solo Exhibition by 2008 Alumnus
When: February 19 - March 11, 2016
Where: 2nd Floor Gallery, Owen Hall
Artist Talk: Thursday, February 18, OWE 247 (Drawing Studio), 1:20 to 2:20 pm
Opening Reception: Friday, February 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public
Larkin Ford creates charcoal drawings, oil paintings, and comics. Ford’s drawings follow the tradition of Pieter Brueghel, Francisco de Goya, Otto Dix, and Paula Rego in combining a narrative sensibility with an emphasis on the grotesque. Ford also draws upon the rich tradition of Southern Gothic literature, particularly William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor, in conjuring Southern domestic scenes with a heightened sense of the grotesque. Legible narratives emerge in some works and remain enigmatic in others, providing glimpses of a self-contained world suffused with anxiety.
Ford says: “I am interested in exploring this relationship between spirituality and the grotesque. The characters within these works hover between introspection and frenzy, driven to desperation by their oppressive surroundings. A sense of tension unifies the pieces, balancing concrete depiction with narrative mystery. The works’ absurdist imagery and pictorial interruptions are tethered to reality by the squalid domestic settings from which they erupt.
Beneath these works’ tense environment, there lies a sense of failed exorcism of my problematic heritage. The guilt, fear and nostalgia entangled with small-town life play across the images, but ultimately these works deny the closure of catharsis or critique.”
Larkin Ford grew up in Taylorsville, North Carolina. He received a BFA from UNC Asheville in 2008, majoring in Art and minoring in Literature. He is currently an MFA candidate in Painting at Georgia State University. Ford lives and works in Atlanta, where he has exhibited drawings and paintings at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Kibbee Gallery, and Doppler Projects. He has also worked on an array of projects, including co-creating and illustrating the graphic novel Ehmm Theory.