at Conduit Gallery
by Todd Camplin

In the years I have spent visiting Conduit Gallery, I can’t recall a show that nearly took the whole
gallery space. But Robert Jessup’s paintings were so large and held so much presence that it was
no wonder his works were featured in both the front and back galleries. Only the project room and
a wall next to the back office showed work by the Chris Larson.
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Chris Larson in the project room, might have been overshadowed by Jessup’s show if the video
had not been so much fun to watch. Video art can be a time consuming chore, but Larson’s film
keeps you guessing. A little disorienting, Larson destroys his workspace in unique fashion. It is too
bad this is the last weekend for both shows. Another last weekend show you should drop by and
see is at Cliff Gallery at Mountain View College. Paula Whelan and, another former professor of
mine, Susan Cheal will be closing their show of “Useless” objects. As off kilter as the Larson video,
these two play with throwaway material, then convert objects into strangely attractive/weird art
apprehensive at first taking him as a painting professor, because of his style and approach to
advice to me. Of course, I was unaware of his first adventures to the edge of abstraction in his
painting career. Now, Jessup has returned to that edge with a vengeance, and also with the
confidence that his new work still gives a sense of story without definitive definable characters or
one out to show me, he then restored it in a vertical position. In my mind, I kept associating the

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Robert Jessup, Tukwila Bend, 2014, oil on canvas, 60x80"
Chris Larson, Heavy Rotation, 2011, Galkyd, Gamsol & graphite on Dura-Lar, 25x25"
Robert Jessup, November Sun, 2014, oil on canvas, 60x90"
Chris Larson, Heavy Rotation, 2011, video still, color video + sound