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Color Inkjet Prints
36″ x 36″

 

Portfolio Edition of 25

Portfolio Edition of 25

Deep North (Excerpt) Total Running Time 8:09

Deep North
Life sized replica of New Orleans shotgun shack built in St. Paul, MN
Wood, Cardboard, Ice, Home furnishings

This video DEEP NORTH takes it premise from “shotgun houses,” residential structures common to the rural South of the United States.  These unpretentious wooden one-story homes, shaped like narrow oblong boxes, consist of several rooms in a row without a hallway.  The idea is that one could fire a shotgun through the front door and the spray from the shotgun would fly cleanly through the house and out the backdoor.  From the video DEEP NORTH, filmed on location in Minnesota in the dead of winter, Chris Larson constructed his own shotgun house.  An enormous wooden machine operated by three performers in felt suits, take up the entire interior. Wedged into this machine, the workers perform their assigned task: transporting blocks of ice from one end of the house to the other.  These ice cylinders replace the metaphorical shotgun pellets.  Transporting ice cylinder’s sounds like a Kafkaesque process, and its absurd logic only intensifies as a result of the prevailing temperatures: The entire entire of the house and every object in it lie under a thick layer of ice.  Despite the noisy rumbling of the machine and the presence of the three performers, the house seems desolate. (The machine is a cross between mill wheel and a church organ, with the ice cylinders arranged like organ pipes) Chris Larson is concerned with the omnipresent duality of things; good and evil, technology and nature, reality and unreality, and last not but not least-the profane and the sacred.

— Excerpt from the catalog Heavy Rotation The View Contemporary Art Space Switzerland