Liz Larner - Galerie Max Hetzler

Opening: 16 September, 6–8 pm

Galerie Max Hetzler is pleased to announce an exhibition with new sculptures by Liz Larner at Goethestrasse 2/3. Already in the 1990's Larner presented her work in group exhibitions with Galerie Max Hetzler in Cologne and Luhring Augustine Hetzler in Santa Monica. This is her first solo show with the gallery.

Since the 1980's, Liz Larner 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.

The exhibition presents a group of new ceramic works. In the late 1990's, Larner discovered the material of ceramic for her artistic practice. 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. Larner creates heavy forms, which, coated with coloured epoxy,  describe intensive, shimmering colour gradients that emphasise the underlying shape.
The surface of the objects is often crossed by cracks and ruptures. Flaws that Larner initially tried to restore but which she accepted over time as inherent instability of the material. Her works titled caesura integrate these fissures. Caesura is a literary term that describes a gap or a pause within a poem. For caesura, Larner lays the unfired ceramic slabs over a form. Almost breaking, the works build a deep chasm and create a unity that contains a gap or pause in itself.
Another title, subduction, refers to the process of plate tectonics in which two earth plates move upon the other and cause a rupture. Larner's subductions similarly push on top of each other and become two shifted planes that allow various depths and shades. In calefaction, Larner incorporated stones and minerals to her works. Due to the heat of the firing a variety of new cracks, fissures and irregularities appear and create a relief-like surface.

Beside Larner's ceramic works, the exhibition depicts the installation the mushroom table, 2011-2016. The mushroom table, consisting of a simple desk with a seemingly unfinished ceramic sculpture in its centre, was situated in the exact same disposal at the studio of Liz Larner in Los Angeles. The epoxy still drips on the floor and the entire arrangement appears as if the artist just paused the process to immediately finish her work in the next moment.

In the window gallery of Goethestrasse, the sculptures smile (abiding), 1996-2005, and smile (fangs), 1996-2010, are presented. Slightly bent upwards, smile (fangs) reminds of sharp teeth. The use of porcelain, a hard and translucent material, emphasises this impression and also gave Larner the impulse to engage further with other ceramics in the late 90's.

At the same time, Galerie Max Hetzler presents the exhibition Wilhelm Schürmann Fotograf und Sammler at Bleibtreustrasse 45.

Liz Larner was born 1960 in Sacramento, she lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited in important international institutions, such as Aspen Art Museum (2016); Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (both 2015); Belvedere, Vienna (2014); Public Art Fund, New York (2006) and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2002). Larner's works form part of renowned collections, such as Deste Foundation, Athens; MAK, Vienna; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York among others.

Further exhibitions and fair participations:

Ai Weiwei
3 September – 8 October 2016           
Opening: 3 September, 6–8 pm
57, rue du Temple 75004 Paris

Wilhelm Schürmann Fotograf und Sammler
16 September – 22 October 2016       
Opening: 16 September, 6–8 pm
Bleibtreustrasse 45, Berlin-Charlottenburg

6 – 9 October 2016               

Beatriz Milhazes
17 October – 19 November 2016       
Opening: 17 October, 6–8 pm
57, rue du Temple 75004 Paris

FIAC Paris
20 – 23 October 2016               

FIAC's On Site – Petit Palais
Ernesto Neto animal nature
20 – 23 October 2016

Press contact:
Galerie Max Hetzler
Berlin: +49 30 346 497 85-0
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