User Error by Larry Lairson

User Error  by Larry Lairson | March 20 – May 1, 2015

Opening: March 20, 6-8 pm

Artist-led Tour: April 18, 2 pm

Larry Lairson creates his paintings with polyurethane adhesive, commonly recognized as glue. The body of work presented in User Error explores the painterly possibilities of this medium. As the adhesive cures it expands, then quickly hardens. Lairson disturbs the curing process by covering the adhesive with crumpled plastic sheeting—an unsteady mold that yields both delicate and grotesque results. In some instances he sands the work’s surface to reveal a surprisingly velvet-like foam interior. These processes punctuate the uncanny synthetic aesthetic of the adhesive.

Larry Lairson was born in 1987 in Emporia, Kansas and currently lives in Washington, D.C. and works in New York. He earned a BFA at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. In 2010 he was awarded the Hans G. and Thordis W. Burkhardt Foundation Prize. Exhibitions include: Readymade@100, American University Museum, 2014; Between The Lines: Contemporary Drawing Now, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, 2013; Geometry and Color, PASS Gallery, Washington, D.C., 2012; Larry Lairson, Cooper Union, New York, NY, 2010; Walls, Cooper Union, New York, NY, 2010. Lairson’s work is included in the Cooper Union Permanent Collection.