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Liz Larner in "Los Angeles"Preview

In this preview from the Los Angeles episode of Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, artist Liz Larner, from her Los Angeles studio, describes her interest in working with clay.

“It’s so interesting that dust becomes this material that is probably one of the hardest things to degrade,” says the artist.

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Liz Larner

Liz Larner experiments with abstract sculptural forms in a dizzying array of materials, including polychromatic ceramics that evoke the tectonic geologic shifts of the western landscape. An inventor of new forms, Larner’s sculptures are not easy to categorize. They defy easy description by design, such as the geometric sculpture of a cube turning into a sphere that is both yet neither, or a complex chain of linked metal rings that never tangles and can also be worn as jewelry. Working with both analog and digital tools, Larner’s materials change from work to work and can include fiberglass, crystals, paper, clay, aluminum, steel, rubber, epoxy, mirror, cloth, and even bacteria. As daring as her investigation into new forms can be, Larner’s sculptures are approachable in their human scale and idiosyncratic vision that favors personal narrative over minimal austerity.

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