Pan American Art Projects presents Ted Larsen: Gimrack and Carolina Sardi: Fairy Tales

Opening reception: January 10, 2013. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
From January 10 through March 2nd, 2013.

Pan American Art Projects presents an exhibition of works by artists Ted Larsen and Carolina Sardi. These two artists work with metal as their preferred material in very unique and distinctive ways.

Ted Larsen has been working with recycled metal since 2000. The found material dictates the colors and the forms that would come together like puzzles. However random it might appear, Larsen’s work is carefully planned from beginning to end. His creative process can be lengthy; according to the artist “It can take years to develop the forms, with many false starts and revisions.” It is precisely this premeditated and conscious approach of art that makes Larsen’s pieces so far-reaching. His thoughtful method includes the titles he gives to the pieces, often bringing in philosophical concepts.

A Michigan native, Larsen is currently living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He holds a BA from Northern Arizona University and is the recipient of many awards, including the one given by the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation. His work can be found at The New Mexico Museum of Art, The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, and at the Krasel Art Center in Michigan, among others institutions.

Carolina Sardi continues working on her series Wall Installations, Landscapes, People and Rain. This time she is introducing a new finish to the pieces by using the process of plating the steel in gold, chrome, copper and silver finishes. The end results are these beautifully finished elements, in which the shadows behind them are complemented by the reflections in front: standing in front of the pieces the viewer is confronted by his/her own image. As Sardi said “these effects are addressing the question of form and essence, what is real and what is not and the mythical idea of the man reflecting in a mirror as Narcissus once did.”

However, her most recent work, the Sisifo series, is showing a more playful approach to life and art. Behind each piece we can find a singular narrative related to daily life. Fable titles such as The Rabbit & The Sri Lankan Princess, are a reflection of the often incongruous situations faced every day. This series began as a response to the routine nature of life, as Sardi explained: “it started with the idea of Sisifo rolling the rock up the mountain every day, seeing it fall and repeating the work.” Formally she is using her basic curved pieces in a repetitive pattern; conceptually she is inspired by apparently random elements, bringing them together in what seems like tales from her imagination.

In the Project Room the gallery is showing Sardi’s Mobile Project, an installation born out of her Associations Series. The round shapes made in brilliant colors are displayed as a mobile structure, in which the many parts are interacting, creating a lively composition.

Sardi is an Argentinean born- Miami based artist who has been very active in the local art scene. She holds a MFA in Sculpture (1992), from the National University of La Plata, Argentina; and a BA (1985), from the U.N.L.P., Argentina. She also studied with the famed Argentinean sculptor Ennio Iommi. Her work can be found at the Miami International Airport, as part of the program Miami-Dade in Public Places; at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Florida; at the Art Museum of the Americas, OAS, in Washington, D.C.; and in many private collections.

Pan American Art Projects
2450 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33127

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