“Monitoring” Life in Art: Derek G. Larson and Marc Mitchell

[mon-i-ter]Derek G. Larson and Marc Mitchell: [mon-i-ter], September 22–October 23, 2015, Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Woods Hall.

September 23–October 23, 2015
Sella-Granata Art Gallery, Woods Hall
Reception: October 2, 5-8 p.m.

Work by artists Derek G. Larson and Marc Mitchell will be on exhibit in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, September 23 – October 23, 2015. The public is invited to a reception on Friday, October 2, from 5-8 p.m. (First Friday).

[mon-i-ter] is a collection of paintings, sculptures and projected animations by Larson and Mitchell. Inspired by recent NSA surveillance rulings, the artists began tracking their own daily activities by using fitness trackers and productivity apps. They logged the number of steps taken in a day, calories burned, hours spent on the internet, hours slept, etc. The project became a self-imposed exchange of data between the two, resembling a devout practice in observance.​

View a slide show of images from the exhibition here.

Installation view of work by Derek G. Larson for [monitor] Marc Mitchell, "The Delano" Work by Derek G. Larson Marc Mitchell, "iPhoneCasts" Derek G. Larson, Dog Jokes

Derek G. Larson received his MFA from the Yale School of Art and has participated in a number of national and international exhibitions and residencies, including recent exhibitions in New Orleans, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, and Copenhagen. His work combines paint, lights and motors with animated projections and shaped screens. In 2013 he published an online exhibit with Boston’s Big Red & Shiny and was a finalist for the Hudgens Prize in Atlanta. In 2014 he received the SECAC Fellowship, his work was featured in the summer issue of New American Paintings, and he received the David Bermant Foundation Fellowship.

Marc Mitchell received his MFA from Boston University. Recent exhibitions include G.A.S.P Gallery, Boston; Denise Bibro Gallery, New York; University of Wisconsin, Madison; Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; and Laconia Gallery, Boston. As exhibitions director, he has mounted exhibitions featuring Josef Albers, Louise Bourgeois, Emmet Gowin, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Longo, Allan McCollum, Richard Misrach, Thomas Nozkowski, Fred Sandback and others. In 2014 his work was selected for New American Paintings #112 featuring artists from the South. Mitchell is Assistant Professor of Art and Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the University of Arkansas.

This exhibition is supported by the UA Department of Art and Art History. Located in 109 Woods Hall, the Sella-Granata Art Gallery features exhibitions of student work and visiting artists. The gallery is named in honor of two long-time UA art professors: the late Alvin Sella and the late Angelo Granata. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information and to see our exhibition schedule, go to:

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