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Liz Larner, 110 Fwy, June Gloom and Shrimp Tacos, 2013, glass, steel, bacterial culture on nutrient agar, detritus from 110 Freeway, sampling of “June Gloom,” shrimp tacos, 13 1/4 x 13 1/4 x 6 1/4".

Liz Larner

Regen Projects

Liz Larner, 110 Fwy, June Gloom and Shrimp Tacos, 2013, glass, steel, bacterial culture on nutrient agar, detritus from 110 Freeway, sampling of “June Gloom,” shrimp tacos, 13 1/4 x 13 1/4 x 6 1/4".

“We all want stability,” Liz Larner once commented, “but it’s forever slipping away from us, even on the most personal level.” Larner’s new series of ceramic sculptures suggests that stability eludes us on the most objective, terrestrial level as well. Combining a global outlook on geology with a locally sourced sensibility formed in Southern California, Larner’s exhibition—comprising twelve wall-mounted ceramics, three large-scale sculptures, and a small gallery of related work—offered a meditation on the surface realities of inhabiting the earth. The wall works—which, despite their smoothness, I think of as reliefs, owing to their frontal, topographical quality, at once sculptural and painterly—are elliptical or rectangular slabs rolled out to about three feet in length and then folded and flattened, severed and reunited, or induced by chemical reactions to

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