Berlin, Magnus Müller


Chris Larson's latest video and photography work, "Deep North," is captivating and surreal. It portrays an icehouse in Minnesota, where all the rooms and their contents are frozen over. The ice looks so milky and waxy that it doesn't look like iced water at all. In the living room, three women wearing grey suits are operating a broken wooden machine to make and transport cylinders of ice. As with Larson's previous film works about man and the machine, the fact that the activity is pointless is key to the absurdity.

Larson, 42, began by building a house from scratch in Minnesota in September 2007, taking inspiration from the shotgun shacks – so-called because a bullet could be shot straight through from the back door to the front – in the Deep South. A few months later, when the temperature fell to -30° Fahrenheit, Larson used a hose to spray the entire house, both the exterior and the interior, with water. Due to the extreme cold, the water froze so fast that the ice looks astonishingly white.

Also on display are a series of preparatory drawings and a wooden sculpture, which recalls the wooden machine in the video.

Chris Larson is having a concurrent exhibition at the Rochester Art Center in Minneapolis: www.rochesterartcenter.org. "Chris Larson: Failure," on "Deep North" and the artist's other works, is published by Hatje Cantz: www.hatjecantz.de.

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