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Liz Craft

Peres Projects

“Huh?”

I imagine that this was a common response to Liz Craft’s new sculptures, a gang of, as the press release put it, “hairy dudes” hitchhiking, gathering daffodils, and generally hanging around.

The figures look like the spawn of Cousin It and R. Crumb’s 1967 Keep on Truckin’ guy. In southern California, the word “dude” isn’t gender specific, and all that “hair” serves only to occlude somatic markers of gender. With their skinny, dingy pink arms and bulbous, flaccid schnozzes, Craft’s bronzes are puzzling, but she’s also taking on some issues that are weightier than it might appear at first glance.

Craft is never not crafty in her deployment of materials, so it would be dumb to miss the “inappropriateness” of using immortal, memorial bronze for such a seemingly cartoonish endeavor. What happens if we consider her figures in light of Rodin’s Monument to Balzac, 1891–98, a crux of modernism?

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