Larry Carlson is a visionary multi media artist. Working with computers he creates artwork that is completely mind blowing. His work spans a variety of forms including web-art, video-art, digital art, animation, sound art, photography, and collage painting. He is best known for his work in online web-art, in which he created several sites which feature his mind boggling movies.
G4Tech TV called him "The Salvador Dali of the Next Century", and High Times magazine labeled him an "artistic mastermind. Through his art, he presents us with the mystical dimensions of consciousness, coaxing us into sweet spiritualized epiphanies one moment then plunging us into completely bizarre surreal frenzies the next. His work is more than just eye candy for stoners. In the tradition of arch-surrealists like Miró and Magritte, Carlson at his best gives us a kind of disjointed representation of the slippery nature of the unconscious mind, driven to Dionysian extremes.
Internationally recognized as one of the most original digital artists in the world today, his web sites have always been at the vanguard of taking the internet to the next level. A pioneer in multimedia experimental web-art, he first started exhibiting his artwork online in 1997. In 2000, five years before YouTube started, Carlson published the legendary web sites Virtual OM and Larrycarlson.com which featured his original full screen psychotropic entertainment for the online masses around the world.
For the past five years Yahoo! directory has ranked Larry Carlson as the number one computer artist in the world. International newspapers like London's Guardian, Montreal's Mirror, and Istanbul's Vatan News have done features on his awe-inspiring artwork. His work has also been featured in US weekly, High Times, Vice, Juxtapoz, NY Arts and Lucky magazines.
Larry Carlson has exhibited his artwork in the U.S., Brazil, Sweden, France, and Germany. Recently the Museum of Modern Art ( MOMA ) in New York exhibited his collage art books in the show Book/Shelf, and his movies were shown at Alex Grey's COSM (Chapel of Sacred Mirrors). In 2008, Portland, Oregon's KBOO 90.7 fm hosted two Larry Carlson music specials featuring his surreal soundtracks. He also puts on live experimental video shows and has provided visuals for major electronic music events in New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Toronto, and Amsterdamn.
As a child growing up in northern New Jersey, Carlson spent a lot of time drawing and began to keep a sketchbook at an early age. His artist's attention has always been captivated by both nature and technology. He is a Cooper Union School of Art graduate, where he studied painting and filmmaking. Currently Larry Carlson lives and works out of his studio in New York City.