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Rico Gatson & Chris Larson

The Raft

November 8th  – December 31st 2014

Artist Talk @ 5pm

Reception 6pm – 8pm

Saturday November 8th



The Bindery Projects is excited to present a collaborative project by Rico Gatson and Chris Larson, The Raft.


The Raft is a multi-channel video installation by Rico Gatson and Chris Larson.  The two artists have been friends and colleagues for almost 30 years since they studied art together at Bethel University in St. Paul Minnesota. Referencing the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Gatson and Larson perform on top of a moveable platform measuring ten feet square.  Surrounded by various detritus they play records from their personal collection spanning the legacy of popular music.  Selections range from Mahalia Jackson and Patsy Cline to The Clash and Fats Domino.  The role of music has played an important and instrumental role in both artist’s life, studio practice and relationship. The setting is Larson’s studio located near the Mississippi, River, in St. Paul, MN.  The studio is traditionally seen as a sacred space, the place where ideas are generated and the work is created.  Gatson and Larson see this location as essential to re-envisioning aspects of this American tale.


Rico Gatson is a Brooklyn based artist who works in mixed media. He received his B.A. from Bethel University and M.F.A. from Yale University.  His work covers a variety of subjects including identity, the history of race, entertainment and spirituality.  He has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally including Prospect 1 (New Orleans, LA), Greater NY at MoMA PS 1 (New York, NY) and at the Essl Museum (Austria, Vienna).  He is represented by Ronald Feldman fine art in New York City.

Chris Larson is a St. Paul based artist who works in mixed media. He received his B.A. from Bethel University and M.F.A. from Yale University. His work covers a variety of subjects including body repetition, architecture, destruction and transformation.  He has been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally including the Whitney Biennial 2014 (New York, NY), 2nd Biennial del Fin del Mundo (Argentina) and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (Bentonville, AK).  He is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota. 


The Bindery Projects is an alternative artist run exhibition space co-founded by Caroline Kent and Nate Young.  The Bindery Project’s major goal is to facilitate engaging and meaningful exhibitions that operate outside the constraints of institution and market.  It exists to be a catalyst for pragmatic critical thought and conversation.

The Bindery Projects is located at:

708 Vandalia Street 4th floor

Saint Paul, MN, 55114


Gallery Hours are:

By Appointment Only