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Derek G. Larson: Trés Mall

Jepson Center October 14, 2018–April 2019

Telfair Museums presents Derek G. Larson’s (American, b. 1978) first feature-length animation, Trés Mall (2018). Très Mall is a 90-minute animation that features cameos of writers discussing topics in activism, art, and the environment. The story follows the fictional lives of three artists in Savannah. Jon inherits a strip mall and his friends join in to witness the slow progression of misplaced ambitions.

About the artist:

Derek G. Larson lives and works in Savannah, and he is Associate Professor of Animation & New Media at Georgia Southern University’s campus in Statesboro. Larson holds an MFA from the Yale School of Art and has participated in a number of national and international exhibitions and residencies.

Très Mall screens summer 2018 in Times Square New York City (42nd St & 6th Avenue) and the project received support from MASS MoCA’s studio residency. Larson’s work has been featured by ARTPULSE, Rhizome.org, Big Red & Shiny, Gizmodo, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Seattle Times, and New American Paintings. With prior experience as a video editor at PBS, Larson’s work combines animation, video, painting, and performance. His current work explores science fiction, political satire, and malls. Larson is represented by ADA Gallery in Richmond, VA.

Images: Très Mall (digital stills), 2018, digital animation, courtesy and copyright Derek G. Larson