With Fifteen Seconds, Lia Lowenthal places Henry Moore, known primarily for his large-scale public works, in the confining and transient space of an elevator. Lowenthal recreates Moore’s sculptures as diagrammatically painted renderings on clear plastic, photographed on site in Art in General’s elevator. As interpreted by the camera, the painted plastic suggests three-dimensionality, but also reveals itself as pliant and fragile, reversing the language of Moore’s sculptures and equalizing them with the environment.
Fifteen seconds is the amount of time the elevator remains open. At times, the motion of the elevator doors simulates the effects of a camera’s shutter, transporting the object from one space to another, and transforming the elevator into a mode of mediation.
About the Artist
Lia Lowenthal was born in New York City in 1984 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2006, The Mountain School of the Arts in 2009, and will be pursuing her MFA at Bard beginning in June 2012. Recent exhibitions and projects include Circinus & Horolgium, California State University-Los Angeles Fine Art Gallery (2011); Economic Models (solo), Light & Wire Gallery (2010); and I Brush My Teeth With My Left Hand to Loosen Up (solo), Workspace (2009). This is her first project in New York.