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Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Glass bead installations by Liza Lou. Liza Lou, 'Deny and Repress'. Cal State Fullerton Art Gallery

‘Deny and Repress’. Cal State Fullerton Art Gallery. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Glass bead installations by Liza Lou
Born in New York City, Liza Lou is a talented American conceptual artist.
She became known internationally for her large scale glass bead installations. In particular, room-size sculpture of Kitchen with all appliances and furniture made entirely of bright colored glass beads of different sizes and shapes. And also, wire, and plaster. All objects of backyard installation with trees, flowers, grass, and a bench – covered with a dense layer of multicolored beads. In the project “Kitchen”, as in many other works, Liza is experimenting with turning small beads in a fundamental element of creativity. In addition, filled with love to detail.
Noteworthy, the installation “Kitchen” – exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York in 1996. According to Liza Lou, she began creating bead installations when she was twenty. And for today, she has had twenty years of successful artistic career. Her recent 2014 solo exhibitions took place in Goodman Gallery in South Africa, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac in France, and Bermondsey in England.

Liza Lou, 'Deny and Repress'. Cal State Fullerton Art Gallery

Liza Lou, ‘Deny and Repress’. Cal State Fullerton Art Gallery

One after another, Liza tightly customizes beads, matching color with interior. In particular, window frames, floor boards, the tone of the facades of kitchen cabinets, table and chairs, even the color of the sink and dirty dishes in it. Thus, she has created a real “analog” world, the prototype of the pixel image, creating the illusion of functionality where there is only a decoration. Toast, jumped out of a toaster, an open bag of chips on the table, freshly prepared pie – all these objects create the impression that the owner of the house has left the kitchen for a moment and is about to return.

Liza Lou lives and works in KwaZulu-Natal and Los Angeles. In 2013 she received award A Woman Artist Award.

Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

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