Out of the Mist


Airdate: December 11, 2017

Phillip Larrimore is a visual artist who explores that which is between painting and sculpture and realism and abstraction. His most recent work is creating multi-layered paintings on aluminum screens that he shapes into various forms. His paintings have been shown at many exhibits, including at The Gaston County Museum and CPCC Sensoria.  Phillip is also an essayist, an art critic and a poet. He has written extensively for Charlotte Viewpoint and the Charlotte Observer on literature, theater, music and opera. His poetry has been published in The New Yorker magazine. His artistry extends to botany and designing hundreds of gardens for clients of nurseries. He has co-owned a documentary video business on avant-garde dance performance and a retail cacti and orchid store. Phillip studied at the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design. 

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in hearing an artist with an encyclopedic mind and prodigious memory talk about his life and work. 


  • Phillip discusses what he and Osip Mandelstam, Paul Klee and Jean Arp have in common.

  • He describes what we would see when we encounter his work, holographic imagery, and the reconstruction of appearance.

  • He connects 360 degree thinking to Sufism, Islam and 99 perforated aluminum boxes.

  • Phillip connects the Frieze of the Prophets by John Singer Sargent with being a Trotskyite Jewish boy raised by a Baptist minister.

  • He references To Kill A Mockingbird, a Ouija board, Edgar Allen Poe and spending time in cemeteries.

  • Phillip discusses having a nom de guerre, Howard Moss, the poetry editor of The New Yorker, the poet Elizabeth Bishop, and Alex Liberman, editorial director of Conde Nast.

  • He shares stories about choreographers Elizabeth Streb, Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown, the musician John Cage, and the critic Edwin Denby.

  • Phillip talks about the I Ching and sea urchins, being a caregiver during the AIDS crisis, and converting sorrow into beauty.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Hiding in Plain Sight  

To Learn More About Phillip


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  • How are you like what you create?

  • Do you think great art requires melancholy?

  • How do you convert sorrow into beauty?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts.

Further support is provided by the Arts and Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.