los-angeles

Liz Larner

Regen Projects

In her first exhibition on home turf since a 2001 retrospective at LA MoCA, and her first solo show at Regen Projects since 1997/98, Liz Larner positioned herself as a dedicated, if sly, student of her own sculptural genealogy and a vital force in the emergence of Los Angeles as an epicenter of sculptural innovation. Compared to the retrospective’s centerpiece, Untitled, 2001, a massive fractal sphere finished in iridescent green-purple automotive paint, Larner’s new work feels rougher around the edges, and better for it.

Occupying the corner opposite the gallery entrance, Diamond Deserts, 2004–2005, is a dark form made of ink-soaked paper, thin sheets of rubber, metal, and black wall paint, with a tapering, thong-like strand that connects floor to ceiling. It efficiently demonstrates two of Larner’s primary concerns: first, the collapse of three dimensions into two (or vice versa); and

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