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Liz Craft

January 7, 2013 by 5790projects in Art, Emergent with 0 Comments

Liz Craft’s work is commonly labeled as “psychedelic” or “surreal,” but this is a faulty prescription. Sculpted bronze skeletons ride high atop their hogs, plaster princesses permanently slumber upon elaborately carved couches, and metallic women’s legs gradually mutate into spindly tree branches. Chunky snippets of rainbow yarn strands, metal grates, and cast detritus are haphazardly assembled, forging clownish faces that seem alien and vulgar, yet also vaguely familiar. While these images appear like mystic hallucinations, they also recall purely commonplace associations, and eventually shift from the phantasmagorical to the domestic. Her images are derived from a place of authenticity, and the enchanting unpredictability of experience; the cast of characters found within life’s great eccentric performance of simply being. Craft’s adept use of her own experiences in Venice Beach and multi-cultural allusion fabricates a whimsical pastiche of ourselves – her subtle tweaking of reality merely lifting the curtain on our eternal macabre theater.

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About 5790projects

5790projects is a curatorial entity that produces quarterly pop-up exhibitions in Los Angeles, and was founded by Catlin Moore and Matthew Gardocki in 2011. Moore is the Director of Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City, CA), where Gardocki is also Assistant Director. Gardocki studied at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago, and is one of the founding members of Igloo Tornado arts collective. Moore is completing her MA at California State University, Long Beach, and is a contributor to several art publications, including Daily Serving, Beautiful/Decay, and ArtLog.

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