Tor has taken a round-about path to the world of small sculpture and box art in the tradition of Joseph Cornell.
Starting with industrial design at Sydney College of the Arts in the1980’s, through model making, film art direction, visual effects and eventually film and TV commercial production, Tor takes much of his visual inspiration from the cinematic/theatrical traditions, heavily influenced by along-standing interest in kinetic mechanical constructions and jewellery.
A recent return to academia has added additional philosophical, political, social and economic layers to his work encouraging him to explore historical moments and contemporary topical issues through a range of satirical, humorous and occasionally dystopic metaphors, symbolism and more direct references.
The choice of materials has always been important for Tor. His preference for found and recycled materials and objects imbued with their own history, is crucial to his conceptual development, often informing the construction, ultimate shape and meaning in a given work.
The other important aspect of the creative process for Tor is the juxtaposition of unlikely materials, objects and ideas as a means of stimulating thought and emotional responses in the viewer. Sometimes effected through mechanical interaction with a work where the viewer becomes part of the process of its realisation.
"In creating the pieces for a recent exhibition 'Virtual Relics' I combined the idea of ancient and revered religious objects, carefully preserved in sealed containers for the edification of the faithful with more contemporary items and concepts, less likely to inspire spiritual awe yet inviting contemplation and disturbing conclusions”.
In much of his work Tor attempts to recapture pasts; real, imagined or simply felt as well as to project a virtual and potentially threatening future into the mind of the viewer.
Represented by Stanley Street Gallery
Solo shows: 'Virtual Relics' 20 June - 14 July 2018
Stanley Street Gallery
Sydney Contemporary, Stanley Street Gallery 13-16 Sept 2018
'Thinkers and Dreamers' 14 June - 8 July 2017
'2 week popup exhibition' 31 May - 10 June 2017
'Salon of Infectious Ideas' 8th June - 2 July 2016
Stanley Street Gallery
'Two Generations: Larsen & Lewers, Pia Larsen & Tor Larsen’ April 2016
What’s On, City of Sydney: Tor Larsen Virtual Relics
The Planner, Spectrum SMH: Tor Larsen Virtual Relics
Today in History, Daily Telegraph: Two Generations, Larsen & Lewers, Pia Larsen and Tor Larsen