Lars Jerlach, Professor
Lars Jerlach is a Danish Installation artist born in Copenhagen in 1964. He moved to Scotland in 1994 to begin his BFA in Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. After completing his MFA from the same institution in 1999, he began collaborating with the British artist Helen Stringfellow under the name tectonic industries.
In 2001, tectonic industries moved to the US so that Lars could take up a teaching position as an Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He worked for eleven years at Stout, bringing the Sculpture area into alignment with contemporary art practice, before leaving as a tenured Associate Professor to move to Auckland, New Zealand, to take up the position as Head of Department, Visual Arts at Auckland University of Technology.
In 2014 tectonic industries moved to Portland, Maine where the members currently live and work.
Within tectonic industries, Lars has exhibited widely in Europe and the US.
tectonic industries examine the artifice inherent within the creation of the modern myths and belief systems of popular culture. Ultimately these created worlds become a pervasive form of reality, universally meaningful within the mainstream collective memory. At the heart of the investigation lies a fascination with visual, literal, televisual and cinematic pop culture that centers on appearances and narrative. Borrowed language is distorted, manipulated and morphed to heighten the artificial. Referencing immediately identifiable cultural signifiers in conjunction with our seemingly endless quest for self-improvement, tectonic industries create mixed-media installations that scrutinize our all-encompassing desire for instant gratification and immediate satisfaction.
For further information on Lars’ work, please visit www.tectonic-industries.com
Edinburgh College of Art