Liza Lou

  • Liza Lou at the Biennale of Sydney
    March 16, 2018 - June 11, 2018

    Working between her studio in Los Angeles, USA and her atelier in Durban, South Africa, Liza Lou uses glass beads in place of paint, laboriously hand gluing the tiny components to the surface of her sculptures and installations. Through her choice of material and the painstaking application process – each bead is individually applied using tweezers – Lou examines themes of confinement, endurance, labour and repetition, describing the world by enshrining ordinary objects and mundane environments, elevating the commonplace to the extraordinary. 

    For the 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium and Engagement, Lou presents The Clouds, 2015–18, an installation comprising a panoramic grid of 600 individual cloths, each hand-woven from glass beads, offering the viewer a simultaneously macroscopic and microscopic view of the world. 

    From afar, The Clouds appears predominantly white in colour, taking on the appearance of the natural phenomena for which it is named. Closer inspection reveals the surface of each cloth is infused with streaks and stains; natural oils unconsciously left by human hands. Subtle shifts of tone celebrate the beauty of errors made in the struggle for perfection. Lou has introduced oil paint to some areas and has intentionally crushed others, the destruction revealing the delicate underlying structure hidden within each hand-woven piece. 

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  • Color Field & Solid Grey
    November 8, 2015 - February 21, 2016
    Neuberger Museum of Art
    New York, USA

    This floor-based sculpture, measuring over 1,300 square feet was installed with over 500 volunteers at the Neuberger Museum of Art. The exhibition also includes Liza Lou's Solid Grey and Color/White series of monochromatic canvases that are woven out of beads in a range of subtle hues.

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  • Liza Lou: Gather (One Million)
    May 30, 2015 - September 13, 2015
    Wichita Art Museum, Kansas, USA
    During Summer 2015 the Wichita Art Museum in Kansas, USA, presents a beautiful and poetic installation by Liza Lou. The exhibition will feature Lou's Gather (one million), a shimmering 150-square-foot golden field. To make the work, nine million beads in varying shades of gold were threaded onto cut wire to make one million blades of grass. Lou systematically counted, weighed, blended and divided the blades into equal wheat-like sheaves. This work of art will be presented along with Lou’s newest series of work - large wall-hanging color fields of glass beads that resemble open skies and sunsets. The painterly freedom of the installation evokes the seasonal regeneration of landscape and the abundance of harvest.
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  • Color Field
    July 12, 2013 - November 3, 2013
    Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
    San Diego, USA

    Lou will present her newest, large-scale sculpture, measuring more than 20 feet by 20 feet (6m x 6m), composed of thirty-two shades of colored beads meticulously placed on small wire supports. The “field” of abstract painting will become an unlikely garden on the gallery floor;  a shimmering moiré of color in the light-filled space.


    Photo credit: Dean Eliot.


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    November 29, 2012 - April 28, 2013

    As part of “WONDERFUL – Humboldt, Krokodil & Polke” the Wunderkammer presents spectacular artworks that have been recently acquired, along with contemporary works from the Olbricht Collection that also centre on the theme of the Wunderkammer or historical ‘cabinet of curiosities’.

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  • mémoires du futur, the olbricht collection
    October 22, 2011 - January 15, 2012
    la maison rouge
    Paris, France

    The Olbricht collection, one of the biggest in Germany, comprises in excess of 2,500 works. This show at La Maison Rouge is the first time the collection has travelled to France.

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