Saturday, April 13, 2024

Molly Larkey

Molly Larkey is an artist based in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a BA from Columbia College and an MFA from Rutgers University.

She has had solo exhibitions at PS1 MOMA, New York; Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles; Ochi Gallery, Ketchum, ID; Human Resources, Los Angeles; and Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, among others. Her work was featured in “The Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture,” the international sculpture survey at the Saatchi Gallery in London, as well as galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and Paris, among others. As described “Critic’s Picks: Los Angeles” for art ltd., Jan. 2015:

The hybridized objects Molly Larkey makes blur boundaries between media, adopting the materials and processes from multiple disciplines. Her large wall sculptures, which simultaneously employ elements of painting, sculpture and text, are made from steel wrapped in linen and painted. A continuation of ideas she started in her earlier series, Signs for a Pragmatic Utopia, these pieces read differently—the way all sculpture does, as a threedimensional object in space—as your vantage changes. As one circles them, these sculptural forms that emulate letters—or in Larkey’s terms, represent an alternative alphabet—shift in the viewer’s perception.

Larkey’s interest in fashioning these pieces derives from Modernist strains that have overt political aspirations or utopian ideals, for example Dada and Surrealism. However, her work also finds traction within the moment of Structuralism and Post-Structuralism, vivifying the concept of language as transient or fugitive. Larkey’s twodimensional works in this show, which are essentially topographical paintings, address similar themes. Hand-shaped (rather than painted with a brush), these cryptic objects are scored with marks that read as both line and symbol. In a larger sense, her interest in creating transient signs as constituent pieces of an imagined language stems from her experience as a queer person and imagining fluid alternatives to dominant social structures.”

—Christopher Michno

Molly Larkey is represented by: Luis De Jesus, Sonia Dutton, and Ochi GalleryShe is having a 3 person show at Samuel Freeman Gallery, February 27th- April 2, 2016:

“The Not Yet (Signals 1-7)”, 2014; Steel wrapped with linen, acrylic paint; Dimensions variable (approx. 48” x 216” x 30”)
“The Not Yet (Signals 14-15)”, 2015; Steel wrapped with linen, acrylic paint, 120″ height; other dimensions variable
Previous articleMarion van Wijk
Next articleTacita Dean

C’naan Hamburger

Khalilah Birdsong

Sara Stern