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"Sculptures by Liz Larner"
2001-12-02 until 2002-03-10
Museum of Contemporary Art, LA and the Geffen Contemporary
Los Angeles, CA, USA

The first museum survey of the work of Los Angeles-based sculptor Liz Larner, this exhibition examines a range of Larner's category-defying sculptural objects and installations from the past 15 years. Larner employs a broad palette of materials, from rubber and mold to steel chains, fabric, and vinyl, and her work has the uncanny ability to hold opposites in balance, from tough to delicate, the handmade to the high-tech.

Organized by MOCA, this survey of Larner's work is the first to be mounted in the United States. The exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see the scope of her achievements in sculpture over the last 15 years. Larner’s work encompasses a range of category-defying sculptures and installations that address the relationships between volume and mass, color and form, and the viewer and the object. Larner also employs a broad palette of materials, from rubber and mold, to steel chains, fabric, and vinyl.

Liz Larner is easily one of the most important sculptors to emerge from Los Angeles in the past 15 years, said Jeremy Strick, MOCA director. Her work deftly engages in the formal issues of art-making in a new and deeply compelling way. I am confident that visitors will find this exhibition of Larner's thought-provoking and immensely rewarding.

In her work, Larner utilizes unexpected color and unconventional materials to challenge the viewer’s notions of space and volume. In Reticule (1999), rigid loops of red and blue cast polyurethane occupy a sizeable portion of the gallery, yet remain porous. The distinctions between the colors in the work a lso vacillate depending on the viewer's proximity to the work.

Larner's work has an uncanny ability to challenge the nation of opposites. Her late 1980s culture pieces, such as Gold, Collagen, Water-Soluble Fluorescent Dye, use disparate materials such as organic matter and chemicals that act upon each other in a form of gelatin that encourages bacterial growth. Tension mounts between the opposite concepts of decay and the desire to control it.

Similarly, her sculptures often occupy significant amounts of space without the density or solidity of conventional sculptures. The aluminum wire cubes in Ignis (Fake) (1999) for instance, are transformed into a seemingly tangled form that coalesces into a hovering shape. This redefinition of density introduces the illusion of mass to an otherwise feather-light sculpture.

In the sculpture 2 as 3 and Some Too (1997-1998), the composition changes as the viewer walks around the work. At initial glance, two cubes appear to connect, creating a third space. The title suggests the range of definitions of the two- and the three-dimensional spaces.

Park (1996) will be installed outside the galleries on MOCA’s sculpture court. This work, made from a 40-foot agave (or a century plant) lying sideways, is transformed into an unusual planter in which other more modest plants can grow. Larner will also debut a new work for the exhibition which extends several long-standing interests but takes advantage of computer animation technology to expand her vocabulary of forms.

The exhibition was organized for MOCA by Russell Ferguson, UCLA Hammer Museum deputy director of exhibitions and programs and chief curator.

Background on the Artist

Born in 1960, Larner lives and works in Los Angeles. She graduated from the California Institute of Arts in 1985 and teaches at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Larner has created a highly respected and resonant body of work. She has exhibited extensively both internationally and nationally in galleries and museums such as the Kunsthalle Basel in Switzerland and MAK Center in Vienna, and she received the Guggenheim Fellowship in 1999.

Liz Larner
Corridor Red/Green, 1991
Leather, rock, lead, metal, car paint, wood, fabric
Dimensions variable
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

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