Sally Larsen ~ Apache-Alutiiq

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Sally Larsen is a artist, photographer, composer, and email advocate. She was born in 1954 in of mixed Apache / Aleut descent. She exhibits photographs, videos and paintings in San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Honolulu, and Chicago. She employs a wide variety of materials and digital tools.

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Recent work

  • 2008: The German Eye in America. Using digital tools directed through the internet to study German photography in America, Sally Larsen proposes that genetic memory and epigenetic issues sway aesthetics. The physical basis for the study center is a library of books and magazines which contain published photographs of the Americas taken by German-born photographers. This ongoing project utilizes the internet and clearly defined determining factors to propose and assemble a comprehensive visual data mine involving more than 500 photographers and spanning 160 years.
  • 2006: DNA: the Diaspora of Native Americans. Sally Larsen poses questions about the genetics of aesthetics and the confluence of art and genetics. Her ongoing DNA email campaign proposes to unite all Native Americans via DNA testing to self define the greater Diaspora of Native Americans.
  • 2001: Jizo Series. In the wake of September 11, 2001, Sally Larsen begins a large-scale C- print series which melds her photographic oeuvre with expressive hi-color gluon paintings.

During the 1980s and 1990s

  • 2000: Millenniumm Time Capsule and Water, a Word Worth a Thousand Pictures at the Oakland Museum of California use multi-media to explore the complex issue of water.
  • 2000: In the Manner of Animals celebrates twenty years of Chinese cultural exploration and martial art study with The Little Fighting Man Series.
  • 1993: Japlish presents 10 years of Sally Larsen’s Asian photography from the streets of Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto.
  • 1991: Sally Larsen exhibits orotone prints of photographs taken in an infamous Tokyo cabaret known as Shiroi Heya or The White Room.
  • 1990: Transformer becomes the first digital fine art print included in the permanent collection of the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art. Working with David Coons and Graham Nash, Sally Larsen creates the Transformer series of Iris Ink jet prints in 1989. She had begun experimenting with digital imaging in the mid 1980s.
  • 1982: Sally Larsen begins an ongoing series of monochrome images presented as orotone photographs (gold-leafed gelatin silver prints on glass).

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