Dec 11, 2017
Phillip Larrimore is a visual artist who explores that which is
between painting and sculpture and realism and
abstraction. His most recent work is creating multi-layered
paintings on aluminum screens that he shapes into various
forms. His paintings have been shown at many exhibits,
including at The Gaston County Museum and CPCC Sensoria.
Phillip is also an essayist, an art critic and a poet. He has
written extensively for Charlotte Viewpoint and
the Charlotte Observer on literature, theater,
music and opera. His poetry has been published in The
New Yorker magazine. His artistry extends to botany and
designing hundreds of gardens for clients of nurseries. He has
co-owned a documentary video business on avant-garde dance
performance and a retail cacti and orchid store. Phillip
studied at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design.
This episode is
perfect for anyone interested in hearing an artist with an
encyclopedic mind and prodigious memory talk about his life and
IN THIS EPISODE
- Phillip talks about how he thinks of himself, when he is
happiest and what haunts him.
- He discusses what he
and Osip Mandelstam, Paul Klee and Jean Arp have in
- He describes what we would see when we encounter his
work, what holographic imagery has to do with it, and the
construction and reconstruction of appearance.
- He connects 360 degree thinking to Sufism, Islam and 99
perforated aluminum boxes.
- He considers William Blake and the choreography of the
placement of figure in painting.
- Phillip answers whether he cares about the viewers of his
- Phillip connects the Frieze of the
Prophets by John Singer Sargent with being a Trotskyite
Jewish boy raised by a Baptist minister.
- He references To Kill A Mockingbird, a Ouija
board, Edgar Allen Poe and spending time in cemeteries.
- He talks about attending the Corcoran School of the Arts
& Design and being a member of the Weather
- Phillip discusses having a nom de
guerre, Howard Moss, the poetry editor
of The New Yorker, the poet Elizabeth Bishop, and
Alex Liberman, editorial director of Conde Nast.
- He shares stories about choreographers Elizabeth
Streb, Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown, the musician John
Cage, and the critic Edwin Denby.
- Phillip connects chance operations to the I
Ching and sea urchins.
- He talks about recovering emotionally from being a caregiver
during the AIDS crisis.
- He discusses converting sorrow into beauty and whether art
After the conversation, host Mark Peres adds a personal word
that begins this way, "Sometimes in an interview one misses the
obvious because the obvious is hidden in plain site..."
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