Curatorial statement by Joshua Ross
“It’s like in my painting” – Larry Pearsall
The conversation between Larry and me has been ongoing. ART CREATIONS online exhibition is the first formal shape that our conversation has taken. One of the crucial exchanges that informed this selection of works was an exchange that took place on Larry’s behalf; Before our collective experience of being in quarantine, he approached me to share a photographic image which I’ve been thinking about ever since.
In the time that I have known Pearsall, it’s the first and only photograph to surface that i've experienced him relate to his paintings. This text proposes that we share the images’ distinct effect, witnessing something in the world that is like something within Larry’s paintings. During the time in which I’ve organized this exhibition, I’ve noticed a cat that has reminded me of that photograph. After repeatedly seeing this cat, in different parts of Los Angeles with similar features, the exhibition came into focus. I wanted to focus on the depictions of animals and humans that Pearsall has painted for years.
I recall moderate folds and creases visible on the photograph’s surface. Contained within the image, along the corner edge of the frame, were a pair of feet; a larger area of the image equally framed a sidewalk, bench and street. The image related enough information to imply a placement near a bus stop. The central and smallest subject occupied within the frame, a bird, stood right-centered in the composition, captured in a peculiar fixed position, it’s head slightly turned and frozen.
My selection of works in this exhibition emphasizes the role of a witness and the act of being witness to Pearsall’s paintings, and to look more closely at the inaudible and participatory elements that structure Apple Bay. I am enacting the engrossing role of narrator because like in any place, the same as in Apple Bay, there is that which structures it and that which you bring to the structure, in this case I would like to ponder the role of storytelling and the complex desire to create a world. In Apple Bay, without question, it is up to us to decide what we see or where we go, but Pearsall obtains the history that ultimately orients us.
Photo by: Joshua Ross, It's like in his painting, Samsung Galaxy S10e Image, 2020