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Color prints on display at Atrium Gallery Sept. 3 - 27 (Released: 8/26/96)

by Sherry Fisher, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Take a surreal journey through the universe by way of William Larson's digitally altered color prints.

"Theatre du Monde," an exhibit of color photographs by Larson is on display at the University of Connecticut's Atrium Gallery in the Fine Arts Building Sept. 3 through 27. Larson will present a lecture on his work Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Building.

Larson's "Theatre du Monde" - French for World Theater - is a series of large scale photography-based prints created with the help of a computer.

"They provide a vivid glimpse of the artist's conceptual and surreal photographic universe," says Sal Scalora, director of the Atrium Gallery. "Looking beyond a series of theater curtains, we see into a domain where a mosaic of layered media images and short texts stimulate our curiosity to seek the truth, to understand what our perception is within the vast blended surface that Will Larson presents us," Scalora says.

Larson, of Philadelphia, Pa. is director of graduate studies in photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Larson's photographs are in permanent collections at, among others, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the International Electrographic Art Museum, Cuenca, Spain; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.

Larson has received grants and fellowships including the Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship in 1993; National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships in 1992, 1986, 1979 and 1971; and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1982.

His photographs and prints have appeared in exhibits throughout the U.S. and abroad.

The Atrium Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building, is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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