Liz Larner

Liz Larner - Galerie Max Hetzler Selected Works

Since the 1980's, Liz Larner (b. 1960) explores and extends the conditions and possibilities of sculpture. Her works are informed by the relationship between object, viewer and their surroundings as well as a deep interest in manifold materials and their particular qualities. Here, the artist puts a focus on the changes and symptoms of decay that certain materials undergo in the course of time. 
Larner discovered the material of ceramic for her artistic practice in the late 1990's. Fascinated by the autonomy of this ancient medium, the artist experiments with various compositions and forms. Especially the process of firing and glazing harbours a moment of unpredictability and chance that is significant for the final object and which adds an uncontrollable component to the work with ceramics.

„Liz Larner's earliest sculptural objects resembled experiments that were on the edge of running out of control. Having begun by making photographs of unstable mixtures in Petri Dishes […] and recording their changes, Larner became more interested in the objects themselves rather than the photographs she was making of them. Gradually she became a sculptor rather than a photographer. She has always retained, however, an interest in the instability of form. […] There is part of almost everyone that prizes stability and predictability, but there is also something that revels in decay and decomposition, especially when it happens in a way that can be made visible – where the entropic meets the abject.“

Russell Ferguson, Liz Larner Ceramics: An Introduction in Liz Larner, Aspen Art Museum/Karma, 2016

Image: ix (calefaction), 2016, ceramic, glaze, stones, minerals, 59 x 97,8 x 24,8 cm

Selected Works

Solo Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions

Selected Institutional Exhibitions




True Stories. A Show Related to an Era – The Eighties - Galerie Max Hetzler

True Stories. A Show Related to an Era – The Eighties

Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris | London / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2019
With texts by Peter Pakesch, Lutz Eitel and Wilhelm Schürmann and a conversation between Peter Pakesch, Max Hetzler and Hans Werner Holzwarth

€ 80.00

Liz Larner - Galerie Max Hetzler

Liz Larner

Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin | Paris / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2016
With an essay by Peter Pakesch

€ 45.00

la mia ceramica - Galerie Max Hetzler

la mia ceramica

Lynda Benglis, Ida Ekblad, Lucio Fontana, Günther Förg, Liz Larner, Fausto Melotti, Navid Nuur, Pablo Picasso, Sterling Ruby, David Salle, Josh Smith, Rosemarie Trockel, Rebecca Warren, Edmund de Waal
Galerie Max Hetzler / Holzwarth Publications, Berlin 2016
With an introduction by Edmund de Waal

€ 35.00

Selected Press