Liza Lou - Sculptor

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  1. ChrissyM

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    I read about her a few months ago and have been meaning to start a thread since... but better late than never :blush:

    She creates these large scale sculptural installations of rooms and objects covered completely in beads...
    it's hard to describe but her art pretty much explains itself...

    she primarily works out of her South African art studio and is assisted by locals she hires to help with the arduous task of hand-gluing the beads...

    here is a profile on her from deitch.com (not the most up to date but i will try to bring more info in):

     
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    Self Portrait, No. 2 (The Heretic), 2004, cast polyester resin, steel, glass beads, 30h x 22w x 18d inches, Photograph © Douglas M. Parker Studio

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    a couple of her big projects were KITCHEN and BACK YARD...
    there is an extensive article and some images here of both projects

    and here are some images from deitch.com of Kitchen
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    Backyard, 1995-1999, mixed media with beads, 525 square feet

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    a few more images from pamrubert.com
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    those two projects look a bit kitschy and bright but she also does more subdued things...
    like Security Fence 2005, Steel, razor wire with glass beads, 132 x 156 x 156 inches

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    The Damned, 2004, resin, steel, glass beads, m: 86h x 42w x 31d inches, f: 89h x 27w x 37d inches

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    virginyyyy at flickr
     

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    Maximum Security Fence is a bigger more extensive version of the previous project I think..

    images and info from flickr.com diamondboa's account...

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    it consoles me a little knowing the beads are glued on ^_^
    because beading using string is so pain-staking and time consuming
    sometimes you pass the string through a bead more than once for the final piece to hold itself together..at least from my experience

    thanks for the thread chrissy!
    i love the contrast seeing her work in bare silvers and then exploding in colour the next
    i wonder if the Secession influenced her at all --that's what the colourful one reminds me of, this Viennese art group.. Lots of flat and patterned decor
    like Gustav Klimt

    (it also reminds me of Miu Miu spring 2008).
     
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    it's definitely interesting to see the explosions of color and intricate designs and details in some of her work in comparison to the subdued colors and qualities of other pieces...

    i'll try to post some more images at some point but she's got some other pieces/projects in the more muted tones as well..

    it's interesting to see all the little beaded bits that are so painstakingly created...
    from a sandwich with bite marks in it to a rippling table cloth or water spilling out of a faucet and over dishes...

    i would love to see her work in person just because i feel like all those beads and the light coming off of them would play some crazy little tricks on my eyes...
     
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    great thread ChrissyM!! thanks for the images so far.
    I was lucky enough to see her work at Lever House, and L&M Arts in December in New York.

    wow. the sheer volume of beads, and the amount of hand work required is just phenomenal. the exhibition at L&M Arts were particularly beautiful, there were a few small ink drawings and hand printed lithographs, but the beading is really the signature. i visited the exhibition twice, it was brilliant.

    you can see detailed photos on the L&M Arts website. plus there is a press release!
    http://www.lmgallery.com/exhibitions/2008_9_liza-lou/

    incredible!
     
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    wow :shock:

    some of those are really incredible :wub:

    i'm so glad you got to see the works in person...
    and i'm also envious because i would have loved to have seen them myself...
     
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    it must have been great to be there.. i mean, everything you see it is *shiny* no? :crush: there are a lot of works with glass beads on the website

    i love the "rope" sculpture
    and the gold railing
    and especially the "roll" of glass beads on cotton
     
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    Liza Lou

    Liza Lou was a design studio neighbor of mine in the late 90's. I knew her personally. The now famous kitchen was in her studio where I was able to see it up close and touch it. I did see, watch and discuss her process. This was in San Diego - it was an interesting time back then.
     

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