Los Angeles

Liz Craft

Patrick Painter, Inc

Liz Craft derives inspiration from any manner of cultural fodder: from high to low, from mundane to fantastic. Often, the spark seems to come when she mashes multiple aesthetics together, as in the sculptures featured in “Death of a Clown,” an exhibition of work from 2010. Several pieces see her combining the most debased of cultural forms (pictures of clowns and flowers, living-room furniture) with the loftiest (geometric abstraction, Minimalism) and some in between (Pop art, assemblage, hyperrealism).

A group of wall-hung pieces incorporate the grid—as much a standard of modernism and Minimalism as a visual and physical structure essential to the decorative arts. These rectangles of steel mesh, framed by rectangles of welded metal tubing, might share their material basis with Robert Morris’s late-1960s cubic structures, but Craft addresses them as if they were rough-weave linen or the

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