18 Wooster Street
Testimony was a spectacular exhibition of new work by Liza Lou. The exhibition featured a range of new works through which the artist revealed a darker, more nostalgic mood recalling film noir and Bible Belt culture. The title of the exhibition, Testimony, referred both to the courtroom and the church. The exhibition went further than any of Liza Lou’s previous work into revealing her evangelical upbringing.
The principal work in the exhibition was Trailer, a 35-foot long 1949 Spartan Mobile Mansion. Its interior was entirely transformed by the artist into a fantasy world of decadence and crime, evoking the violence and alienation of a hard boiled detective film. Lou spent one year applying millions of chiaroscuro beads into the sculpted interior; the end result was like stepping inside a glittering black-and-white movie.
The exhibition also included figurative sculpture, such as a life size figure of a man in an ecstatic pose, caught in an ambiguous state between life and death, a child in a flooded open coffin, a snarling dog, and a raging bonfire made of Swarovski crystals.
The exhibition was accompanied by a riveting solo performance, Born Again, in which the artist gave "testimony” about childhood experiences as astonishing as anything in fiction. The performance took place at the gallery on Sunday, October 13th, and was repeated the following Sunday, October 20th.
Liza Lou was awarded the Mac Arthur “Genius” Fellowship in 2002 and is best known for The Kitchen and The Backyard, two dazzling sculptural installations in which she has transformed mundane suburban settings into glistening fantasy worlds. The works were exhibited in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal in 1999 and in 2002 at the Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf; The Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo, and were recently featured at the Fondation Cartier, Paris (2001); ARS 01 KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2001); 3rd Lyon Biennial, (2000); The Taipei Biennial, Taipei (2000); and at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2001). Trailer was featured in the Made in California exhibition at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2000.
Liza Lou’s work fuses the tradition of American visionary art with a contemporary pop sensibility. She is among the most accomplished of a group of younger artists who are constructing fictional worlds through their work. Liza Lou was born in New York City. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
The thousands of crystals in Liza Lou’s Bonfire were generously provided by Swarovski.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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