DEATH OF A CLOWN
Patrick Painter Inc., is thrilled to present an exhibition of new works by Liz Craft in her second solo show at the gallery. The exhibition is comprised of eight mixed media sculptures that come together to portray a scene of materialized daydreams. Through this, Craft explores the path and journey of the subconscious as thoughts and dreams are brought to life and explored in a three-dimensional setting.
In her installation, Liz Craft has created a fantastical scene of fabricated thoughts and dreams. This begins with the figure of a woman lying on a couch transposing her ideas and dreams into tapestries, wall hangings, and rugs.
A small pedestal is adorned with a ceramic clown which acts as a catalyst and a sort of "keeper of the gates" for the woman's hidden thoughts. These inner thoughts are then brought to life through an explosion of surrounding color. Displayed around the room are wall sculptural pieces that are composed of raw wool that is woven through a welded loom-like stucture. These sculptures are ordained with cast found objects that are painted white, thus signifying the raw thoughts and undiscovered subconscious of the figure on the couch.
The couch sculpture is painted in lush pastels and seems to absorb the female figure in both in a physical and mental state. Here, Craft references the ancient Egyptian tombs that have depictions of those being honored in their death.
The process and evolution of the female figure's subconscious can be interpreted by beginning with the initial tapestry-like hangings that mirror each other in color and design. As the wall pieces progress through the gallery, they become more abstract and extreme, which indicates a turn to nightmarish thoughts. It is as if six yarn pieces that were previously assembled as a cube has begun to explode, thus resulting in the skewed form and composition of the works on the wall.
Liz Craft received her MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles, in addition to her BA from Otis Parsons. Her work has been featured in a solo exhibition at the Lever House in New York and in group exhibitons at the Migros Museum in Zurich, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and at the 2004 Whitney Biennial. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
April 3 - May 1, 2010
Opening reception: Saturday, April 3, 6 to 8pm