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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

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

American conceptual artist Liza Lou was born in New York City. She has become known internationally for her large scale glass bead installations – room-size sculpture of Kitchen with all appliances and furniture made entirely of bright colored glass beads of different sizes and shapes, wire, plaster. All objects of backyard installation with trees, flowers, grass, a bench are 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, filled with love to detail. The installation “Kitchen” was exhibited at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York in 1996. The beautiful and talented artist began creating bead installations when she was twenty, up to now 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, Bermondsey in England.

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

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

Kitchen, 1991 - 1996. detail

Kitchen, 1991 – 1996. detail

One after another, Liza tightly customizes beads, matching in color with 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.

Kitchen, 1991 - 1996. detail

Kitchen, 1991 – 1996. detail

Kitchen, 1991 - 1996. detail

Kitchen, 1991 – 1996. detail

Kitchen, 1991 - 1996. detail

Kitchen, 1991 – 1996. detail

Kitchen, 1991 - 1996. detail

Kitchen, 1991 – 1996. detail

Kitchen and Back Yard

Kitchen and Back Yard

Back yard, detail, 1996 - 1999

Back yard, detail, 1996 – 1999

Back yard, detail, 1996 - 1999

Back yard, detail, 1996 – 1999. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Back yard, detail, 1996 - 1999

Back yard, detail, 1996 – 1999. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Back yard, detail, 1996 - 1999

Back yard, detail, 1996 – 1999. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Back yard, detail, 1996 - 1999

Back yard, detail, 1996 – 1999. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Fire. 2002. Glass beads on wood and plaster, closeup

Fire. 2002. Glass beads on wood and plaster, closeup

Fire. 2002. Glass beads on wood and plaster

Fire. 2002. Glass beads on wood and plaster. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Color Field, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California, detail

Color Field, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California, detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Color Field, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California, detail

Color Field, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California, detai. Glass bead installations by Liza Loul

Color Field, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California

Color Field, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California

Dog, 2002. Glass beads on fiberglass and plaster, closeup

Dog, 2002. Glass beads on fiberglass and plaster, closeup

Dog, 2002. Glass beads on fiberglass and plaster

Dog, 2002. Glass beads on fiberglass and plaster

Liza Lou in Trailer

Liza Lou in Trailer

Trailer, 1998 - 2000 detail

Trailer, 1998 – 2000 detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Trailer, 1998 - 2000 detail

Trailer, 1998 – 2000 detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Trailer, 1998 - 2000 detail

Trailer, 1998 – 2000 detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Trailer, 1998 - 2000 detail

Trailer, 1998 – 2000 detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Trailer, 1998 - 2000 detail

Trailer, 1998 – 2000 detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Trailer, 1998 - 2000 detail

Trailer, 1998 – 2000 detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Trailer, 1998 - 2000 detail

Trailer, 1998 – 2000 detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Trailer, 1998 - 2000 detail

Trailer, 1998 – 2000 detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Trailer, 1998 - 2000 detail

Trailer, 1998 – 2000 detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Trailer, 1998 - 2000 detail

Trailer, 1998 – 2000 detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Trailer, 1998 - 2000 detail

Trailer, 1998 – 2000 detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Trailer, 1998 - 2000 detail

Trailer, 1998 – 2000 detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Trailer, Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

Trailer, 1998 – 2000 detail. Glass bead installations by Liza Lou

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

http://www.lizalou.com