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Liz Glynn

Bio

Liz Glynn’s (b. 1981 Boston) handmade sculptural objects, installations for collaborative participatory performances, and architectonic monuments crafted with minimal means are positioned at the intersection of contemporary art’s most challenging operations: site-specificity, institutional critique, performativity, and public engagement. Inspired by the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the work on view here references colonial-era Egyptian trading passages as well as contemporary routes for trafficking both art objects and daily staples. Notions of passage, necessity versus fantasy, survival, creation, culture, and economy all come into play. The objects in the cabinets in Glynn’s installation are copies of items reportedly smuggled across the Egyptian border into Gaza. Anyone is free to open the drawers, remove the objects, and carry them around. The large wooden tunnel element references the Grand Gallery in Khufu’s pyramid, which was once filled with all the items the pharaoh would need in the afterlife. Some of these objects are strikingly similar to those smuggled across the border. The wooden tunnel also references the tunnel shafts used for smuggling.

Mohn Award Finalist

Gallery

Liz Glynn

Liz Glynn. III, 2010. Reclaimed wooden forklift pallets housing a series of 9 performances. 16 x 27 x 27 ft. (4.9 x 8.2 x 8.2 m). Courtesy the artist and Redling Fine Art, Los Angeles.

Liz Glynn

Works by Liz Glynn. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 2-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Liz Glynn

Works by Liz Glynn. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 2-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Liz Glynn

Works by Liz Glynn. Installation view at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, June 2-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Liz Glynn

Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012. Detail view: Crab. Cast lead. 2.25 x 8.5 x 7 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Redling Fine Art.

Liz Glynn

Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012. Detail view: Baby food. Cast lead. 2.5 x 2.25 x 2.25 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Redling Fine Art.

Liz Glynn

Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012. Detail view: Chocolate bar. Cast lead. 0.25 x 6.25 x 3 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Redling Fine Art.

Liz Glynn

Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012. Detail view: Cigarettes. Cast lead. 0.3 x 3.25 x 0.3 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Redling Fine Art.

Liz Glynn

Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012. Detail view: Garlic. Cast lead. 2 x 2.25 x 2.25 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Redling Fine Art.

Liz Glynn

Anonymous Needs and Desires (Gaza / Giza), 2012. Detail view: Tramadol. Cast lead. 0.25 x 3.75 x 1.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Redling Fine Art.