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Liz Larner

303 Gallery

In an installation entitled Chain Perspective Reflected (all works 1990), Liz Larner transforms the gallery into a webbed vortex of stainless steel chains. A series of ten suspended rectangles of diminishing size, constructed from lengths of chain link stretched from the floor to near ceiling and between the walls, leads the viewer toward a central focal point.

Just as one’s eye is drawn toward the vanishing point in a perspectival drawing, one’s body is lead to the center of this literal vortex. The first openings are wide enough to accommodate the viewer and invite one to enter the described volume. Because the perspectival recession is constructed rather than illusionistic, however, one’s progress is soon thwarted, and a feeling of bodily entanglement and constriction becomes palpable as one proceeds. Rather than rope or wire, Larner deliberately uses a heavy gauge link of the sort one

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