Minnesota Structures: Buildings and Signs Across the State by Lars Samuelsson is on view August 24 – September 24. A public reception for the artist is TBA
Describe your work in 15 words of less
This work is about color and form and the man-made Minnesota landscape exemplified via architecture and signs.
What or who has influenced your work?
For this body of work, I have been influenced by the German photographer-duo Bernd and Hilla Becher and their photographic typologies.
Can you describe your evolution as an artist?
Many photographers choose to focus on one subject throughout their careers. A photographer like Ansel Adams photographed mostly landscapes, Mary Ellen Mark was a documentary photographer, and Arnold Newman made portraits of world leaders and famous artists.
I am not that kind of photographer. When I look back, I see a range of subjects that have caught my interest. It can be black & white photographs of the strange and twisted shape of roots and trees, or color images of the overlooked and forgotten places in Saint Paul. I am fascinated with the world I see around me, and how I choose to photograph it depends on what I want to say with my images. I don’t think that approach to image-making will change anytime soon.
What do you enjoy when not working in the studio?
I enjoy going to art exhibits and explore new art galleries whenever I can. I am a huge tennis fan, and play several times a week (amateur level 😉 ) I also photograph 2 & 3 dimensional artworks for artist in the White Bear Lake region.
Don’t think I have a favorite song per. se. I mostly listen to jazz and classical music. Other than that I am pretty much stuck in the 90’s as far as music is concerned. If I would have to choose favorite drinks it would be coffee, red wine and sparkling water.
The Visual Arts Exhibition series is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.