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Liz Magor in "Vancouver"Preview

In this preview from the Vancouver episode of Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, artist Liz Magor reflects on the role of decision-making in an artist’s studio process.

“Art isn’t a material, it’s not a medium—it’s not a certain product,” says the artist. “It is the choices I’ve been able to make.”

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Liz Magor

Liz Magor makes uncannily realistic casts of humble objects—garments, cardboard boxes, ashtrays—that speak to mortality and local histories. Magor’s delicate copies are often combined with found ephemera, whether tiny vices—such as cigarettes, candy, and alcohol—animals in the form of taxidermied birds and stuffed toy dogs, or small mementos given to her by friends. Social narratives of how things in the world are created, enter our lives, and depart to the junk heap as part of a vast human waste stream are folded together with personal anxieties and small worries, such as the desire to afford nice things, to mend what’s broken, and to preserve order against inevitable entropy.

“Art isn’t a material, it’s not a medium—it’s not a certain product. It is the choices I’ve been able to make.”

Liz Magor

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