Installation view, Just Hustle and Muscle, Monya Rowe Gallery, New York 2008
Larissa Bates has had numerous solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Richard Heller Gallery (Los Angeles), Galeria Espacio Minimo (Madrid), NADA Art Fair (Miami), and Mogadishni (Copenhagen). Bates has been represented by Monya Rowe Gallery (New York and St. Augustine) since 2004. The work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Ulrich Museum, DC Moore Gallery, and the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park.
The work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Contemporary Art China, Public Art (Korea), El Cultural (Spain), New York Magazine, Time Out, and KUNSTforum. Collections include the West Collection, Wellington Management, and the 21c Museum Collection. She has been the recipient of the Artadia Award and was a resident artist at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
The artist grew up in Costa Rica and Vermont and received her BFA from Hampshire college in 2003.
Often mining a combination of colonial and neo-colonial Latin American history, as well as autobiography, the work engages with questions of authenticity, the third space, hybridity, and processes of acculturation and how one aquires culture and group belonging, and deculturation--the loss of culture and language. Masculinity and the social performance of family structures are investigated in a through the vocabularies of painting, sculpture, and video.
© 2016 All material courtesy of the artist and Monya Rowe Gallery.