Liz Larner: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

February 10 - March 19, 2011
Installation Views
Press release

Tanya Bonakdar Gallery is pleased to announce the gallery’s first exhibition of work by Liz Larner. Bringing film, two-dimensional images and the structural use of color to bear on sculptural expression, Larner’s work demonstrates an innovative approach to the centrality of form. The artist presents an atmosphere that allows significance to arise from abstract relationships. Larner uses color to modify and reinvent, rather than reinforce the sculptural form. In this exhibition, Michelangelo Antonioni's first color film, Red Desert, (1964) is taken as a point of departure, as themes from the film are readdressed and reconsidered. Lines and hues create separate illusions, as color and shape express themselves poetically and contribute to the emotional aspects of the works. The sculptures are subversive and sublime - they expand the possibilities of three-dimensional form as well as bring into focus the means by which this expansion is achieved.


Larner’s wall-mounted sculpture, Blue and Green, takes its name from Antonioni’s initial title for Red Desert. Organic forms in porcelain are painted in pure seascape colors of blues and greens, surrounded by reds and darker colors. At the same time, Larner addresses the wall and allows the sculpture to become greater than its technical mass by painting the back of the work; as colors bounce off the white wall, the reflection lends an otherworldly halo.

All installation images above: Photo by Jean Vong