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LAYERED NARRATIVES BY LARS ELLING

by Ariadna Zierold

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Lars Elling‘s paintings are layered narratives told in a fragmented visual language that incorporate allusions to film and photography, sometimes also invoking nostalgia with references to private photo albums.

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In Elling’s large canvases, human bodies rarely take entirely conventional forms. Rather, their faces and limbs melt into nonfigurative elements–atmosphere, blurred color, scrubbed-out regions of neutral tint–gesturing toward a broader horizon, nodding at persona and narrative while ultimately frustrating any drive toward coherence or story.

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