Overland Park, KS
Larry Thomas’s mixed media works are alchemies of camouflage and abstract thought comprised of paint, magazine images, printmaking, and digital imagery collaged on wood panels. Most are highly detailed, with repeating patterns and intricate passages of abstraction, while others are simpler, yet each bears the attitude of large-scale abstract work, for which Thomas is also known. Since visual art expresses feelings, things, and ideas, and the pattern disruption inherent in camouflage deceives, Thomas’s collages are charismatic paradoxes of concealing and revealing.
HEAP’s 270+ collages are exhibited in an installation that redefines the gallery space and refuses to yield to a linear path, but rather, undulates through space and across time, allowing viewers to see each work as part of an organic movement rather than staccato stepping stones to the exhibition’s end. The fluidly sculptural installation shapes our perception of the gallery space as much as our experience of each individual object.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website