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Liza Lou

September 24 - December 13, 2008

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September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Conditions of Capture 2008 glass beads on aluminum...

Conditions of Capture
2008
glass beads on aluminum panel
60 x 90 inches (152.4 x 228.6 cm)

Detail, Conditions of Capture

Detail, Conditions of Capture

Continuous Mile 2007-2008 cotton, glass beads 3/4...

Continuous Mile
2007-2008
cotton, glass beads
3/4 x 3/4 x 360 inches (1.9 x 1.9 x 914.4 cm)
31 x 77 inches (78.7 x 195.6 cm) installed
1/2

Detail, Continuous Mile

Detail, Continuous Mile

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Continuous Mile 2007-2008 cotton, glass beads 3/4...

Continuous Mile
2007-2008
cotton, glass beads
3/4 x 3/4 x 360 inches (1.9 x 1.9 x 914.4 cm)
31 x 77 inches (78.7 x 195.6 cm) installed
1/2

Detail, Continuous Mile

Detail, Continuous Mile

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Offensive/Defensive 2008 glass beads on aluminum p...

Offensive/Defensive
2008
glass beads on aluminum panel
72 x 36 inches (182.9 x 91.4 cm)

Detail, Offensive/Defensive

Detail, Offensive/Defensive

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Clear, Hold, Build 2007-2008 glass beads on alumin...

Clear, Hold, Build
2007-2008
glass beads on aluminum panel
108 x 54 inches (274.3 x 137.2 cm)

Detail, Clear, Hold, Build

Detail, Clear, Hold, Build

Quick, Cheap, Overwhelming Victory 2008 24 karat g...

Quick, Cheap, Overwhelming Victory
2008
24 karat gold-plated beads on aluminum panel
72 x 36 inches (182.9 x 91.4 cm)

Detail, Quick, Cheap, Overwhelming Victory...

Detail, Quick, Cheap, Overwhelming Victory

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Self-Portrait (Face Down) 2006 cast resin and glas...

Self-Portrait (Face Down)
2006
cast resin and glass beads
23 x 15 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches (58.4 x 39.4 x 13.3 cm)
3/5 + 1 AP

Detail, Self-Portrait (Face Down)...

Detail, Self-Portrait (Face Down)

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Axis Defeat 2007-2008 glass beads on aluminum pane...

Axis Defeat
2007-2008
glass beads on aluminum panel
108 x 66 inches (274.3 x 167.6 cm)

Detail, Axis Defeat

Detail, Axis Defeat

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Plan, Prepare, Execute 2007-2008 glass beads on al...

Plan, Prepare, Execute
2007-2008
glass beads on aluminum panel
120 x 60 inches (304.8 x 152.4 cm)

Detail, Plan, Prepare, Execute

Detail, Plan, Prepare, Execute

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Find, Fix, Finish 2007-2008 glass beads on aluminu...

Find, Fix, Finish
2007-2008
glass beads on aluminum panel
120 x 60 inches (304.8 x 152.4 cm)

Detail, Find, Fix, Finish

Detail, Find, Fix, Finish

Roll 2007-2008 cotton and glass beads 6 5/8 x 6 5/...

Roll
2007-2008
cotton and glass beads
6 5/8 x 6 5/8 x 4 3/4 inches (16.8 x 16.8 x 12.1 cm)
1/3 + 1 AP

Barricade 2007-2008 24 karat gold-plated beads, al...

Barricade
2007-2008
24 karat gold-plated beads, aluminum
88 x 108 x 3 inches (223.5 x 274.3 x 7.6 cm)
1/ 2

Detail, Barricade

Detail, Barricade

Analogous Mountain (State III)2008hand printed lit...
Analogous Mountain (State III)
2008
hand printed lithograph
16 1/2 x 11 3/8 inches (41.9 x 28.9 cm)
1/14
Scarab Cairo, 2008ink on paper8 x 5 1/2 inches (20...
Scarab
Cairo, 2008
ink on paper
8 x 5 1/2 inches (20.3 x 14 cm) unframed
Untitled Cairo, 2008ink on paper8 x 5 1/2 inches (...
Untitled
Cairo, 2008
ink on paper
8 x 5 1/2 inches (20.3 x 14 cm) unframed
September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Conditions of Capture 2008 glass beads on aluminum...

Conditions of Capture
2008
glass beads on aluminum panel
60 x 90 inches (152.4 x 228.6 cm)

Detail, Conditions of Capture

Detail, Conditions of Capture

Continuous Mile 2007-2008 cotton, glass beads 3/4...

Continuous Mile
2007-2008
cotton, glass beads
3/4 x 3/4 x 360 inches (1.9 x 1.9 x 914.4 cm)
31 x 77 inches (78.7 x 195.6 cm) installed
1/2

Detail, Continuous Mile

Detail, Continuous Mile

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Continuous Mile 2007-2008 cotton, glass beads 3/4...

Continuous Mile
2007-2008
cotton, glass beads
3/4 x 3/4 x 360 inches (1.9 x 1.9 x 914.4 cm)
31 x 77 inches (78.7 x 195.6 cm) installed
1/2

Detail, Continuous Mile

Detail, Continuous Mile

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Offensive/Defensive 2008 glass beads on aluminum p...

Offensive/Defensive
2008
glass beads on aluminum panel
72 x 36 inches (182.9 x 91.4 cm)

Detail, Offensive/Defensive

Detail, Offensive/Defensive

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Clear, Hold, Build 2007-2008 glass beads on alumin...

Clear, Hold, Build
2007-2008
glass beads on aluminum panel
108 x 54 inches (274.3 x 137.2 cm)

Detail, Clear, Hold, Build

Detail, Clear, Hold, Build

Quick, Cheap, Overwhelming Victory 2008 24 karat g...

Quick, Cheap, Overwhelming Victory
2008
24 karat gold-plated beads on aluminum panel
72 x 36 inches (182.9 x 91.4 cm)

Detail, Quick, Cheap, Overwhelming Victory...

Detail, Quick, Cheap, Overwhelming Victory

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Self-Portrait (Face Down) 2006 cast resin and glas...

Self-Portrait (Face Down)
2006
cast resin and glass beads
23 x 15 1/2 x 5 1/4 inches (58.4 x 39.4 x 13.3 cm)
3/5 + 1 AP

Detail, Self-Portrait (Face Down)...

Detail, Self-Portrait (Face Down)

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Axis Defeat 2007-2008 glass beads on aluminum pane...

Axis Defeat
2007-2008
glass beads on aluminum panel
108 x 66 inches (274.3 x 167.6 cm)

Detail, Axis Defeat

Detail, Axis Defeat

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Plan, Prepare, Execute 2007-2008 glass beads on al...

Plan, Prepare, Execute
2007-2008
glass beads on aluminum panel
120 x 60 inches (304.8 x 152.4 cm)

Detail, Plan, Prepare, Execute

Detail, Plan, Prepare, Execute

September 24 - December 13, 2008 -  - Liza Lou - Exhibitions
Find, Fix, Finish 2007-2008 glass beads on aluminu...

Find, Fix, Finish
2007-2008
glass beads on aluminum panel
120 x 60 inches (304.8 x 152.4 cm)

Detail, Find, Fix, Finish

Detail, Find, Fix, Finish

Roll 2007-2008 cotton and glass beads 6 5/8 x 6 5/...

Roll
2007-2008
cotton and glass beads
6 5/8 x 6 5/8 x 4 3/4 inches (16.8 x 16.8 x 12.1 cm)
1/3 + 1 AP

Barricade 2007-2008 24 karat gold-plated beads, al...

Barricade
2007-2008
24 karat gold-plated beads, aluminum
88 x 108 x 3 inches (223.5 x 274.3 x 7.6 cm)
1/ 2

Detail, Barricade

Detail, Barricade

Analogous Mountain (State III)2008hand printed lit...
Analogous Mountain (State III)
2008
hand printed lithograph
16 1/2 x 11 3/8 inches (41.9 x 28.9 cm)
1/14
Scarab Cairo, 2008ink on paper8 x 5 1/2 inches (20...
Scarab
Cairo, 2008
ink on paper
8 x 5 1/2 inches (20.3 x 14 cm) unframed
Untitled Cairo, 2008ink on paper8 x 5 1/2 inches (...
Untitled
Cairo, 2008
ink on paper
8 x 5 1/2 inches (20.3 x 14 cm) unframed

Press Release

Liza Lou

September 24 - December 13, 2008

L&M Arts
September 24 – December 13, 2008
Opening Reception September 24, 2008, 6-8 pm
 

L&M Arts is honored to present a solo exhibition by Liza Lou, her first in New York since 2002. Liza Lou first gained attention when her monumental work Kitchen was shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, in 1996. This sculptural tableau introduced her unique and trademark medium of objects and environments overlaid with glass beads, while simultaneously establishing many of the social concerns that underpin her work. The formal beauty of her beaded environments is often haunted by a mood of injustice or violence, and this mix of seduction and menace gives her work extraordinary power.

The exhibition will reveal the new levels of technical mastery and thematic complexity that Liza Lou has developed over the past three years while living and working in South Africa. Tower is a large-scale structure of latticed steel constructed of cage-like sections, every inch of its grid wrapped in white beads, the tower extending upward thirty feet through the center of the gallery. Coil (Black 1) is a mile-long rope woven entirely out of cotton and bone-white beads. With their emphasis on repetition, formal perfection, and materiality, each of these works partakes in the legacy of minimalist art. These sculptures thrive on the tension between the apparent impossibility of their construction, the seductive beauty of their surfaces, and the sinister implications of their subject matter. Tower is an ethereal cage that seems to rise into infinity, while Coil has a ritualistic air suggestive of coercion.

The show will also feature a remarkable new series called Reliefs. These densely layered panels, each one unique, readily bring to mind the Muslim prayer rugs on which they are partly based, while being reminiscent of topographical maps of cities, abstract art, and mysterious altars. Relief (Plan, Prepare, Execute), for instance, is a large-scale panel covered in over four hundred and fifty pounds of soot-black beads of various sizes, each one carefully balanced on their tips to create ridges and valleys arranged in a precise geometric pattern. The dark magnificence of the work and the pleasure we might find in the orderly patterns and textures is offset by a mood of palpable threat. Relief (Offensive/Defensive) has an even surface of mesmerizing, vibrant color overlaid by an organic black pattern, as if the object itself were stained by a creeping mold or corrosive liquid. The Reliefs show an artist deeply engaged with her medium, pushing it in new and astonishing directions to create work of quiet, confident beauty while simultaneously highlighting the religious and geo-political tensions that mark our present age.

The show at L&M coincides with the exhibition of Maximum Security Fence, a major new sculpture on view from September 24th at the Lever House (390 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022).

For further information, please contact: Leila Saadai: lsaadai@lmgallery.com.

 

Watch Liza Lou-Installation of Continuous Mile at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Selected Press

Sculpture Magazine - Liza Lou: Fragile Security

April 2009

Time Out New York - Liza Lou

November 6-12, 2008

Art in America - Where in the World Is Liza Lou?

November 2008

The New York Times - Liza Lou

Friday, October 10, 2008

Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art - Interview with Liza Lou

October 2008

W Magazine - Liza Lou

September 2008
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