Larson made this photograph in the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, flattening the space with her choice of lens to accentuate the riotous clash between a Regency-style settee—beckoning to the viewer like a praying mantis—the wallpapered landscape above, and the patterned marble floor below. The results are like a black comedy, macabre and funny, and stem from the artist’s clever overlay of photography and period rooms’ shared characteristics, each offering an uncannily lifelike recreation of a fragment or detail divorced from its original context.
Inscription: Printed on label adhered to frame, verso TL: "LENNON, WEINBERG, INC. // 560 Broadway, Suite 308 // New York, New York 10012-3945 // [typewritten below:] Laura Larson // The Monuments of Paris // 1998 // 50 x 40" // unique gelatin silver print"
the artist; [Lennon-Weinberg Gallery, New York City]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Spies in the House of Art: Photography, Film, and Video," February 7, 2012–August 26, 2012.