Fine Artist, Writer and Lecturer in Art

  • Biography

Larry Lytle is a fine artist, writer, and lecturer of art at California State University Channel Islands. Lytle’s artwork has been exhibited in galleries across the country. He is also a contributing writer to Black & White Magazine. And, has taught photography at CSUCI since 2003.

Lytle has been working on a biography of American photographer William Mortensen, published by Feral House in the fall of 2014 it is titled, American Grotesque: The Life and Work of William Mortensen. He has also contributed an essay in the book The Command To Look: A Master’s Photographer’s Method for Controlling the Human Gaze, also published by Feral House.

He lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife Jeanie and dog Bettie.

Fine Artist, Writer and Lecturer in Art

  • Art Statement

I’ve always been interested in the human condition and have used different approaches to tell stories about who we are and how we relate to each other. What you see on this website is a meta-series entitled Tableau Vivant that was begun in 2001. I still am, for the foreseeable time, working within that framework.

In it I am making use of 12-inch action figures as stand-ins for people. The metaphors and allegories in these scenarios become observations on both simple and complex human interactions. They touch on subjects that are social, political, sexual, psychological, and spiritual. They run an emotional gambit from serious to whimsical.

The title Tableau Vivant covers nine separate but related series. As my use of the figures (as our dopplegangers) has continued, I have come to think more deeply about how we interacted with these seemingly inoccuous toys in our childhood, in ways that may have formed our furture selves. Through playacting and along with our acquistion of the attendant clothes, dream houses, war machines and the like, we came to fanasize about relationships, yearn for consumer items that may be beyond our reach, and generally set the stage for our belief in what adult life may offer us. My hope is that these series of works become a way to think about those relationships and as a visual representation for those associations.

Larry Lytle