During the course of her career spanning more than forty years, Liz Magor (*1948 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, lives and works in Vancouver), who ranks among Canada’s most influential artists, has repeatedly gauged the boundaries of what constitutes sculpture. The re-discovery of Liz Magor’s body of work in Europe is linked to a new generation of artists for whom the self-referentiality of materials and the potency of objects represent crucial elements in their art production.
Magor takes common and familiar objects of our world and uses them in her installations either as ready-mades or replicates them with other materials. Transferring them to the context of art raises questions regarding the relationship between art and everyday life as well as between reality and representation. Through deliberately placed voids and mises-en-scène, Magor’s works develop a narrative potential comparable with the literary form of the short story—lacking a beginning and end, they are excerpts of an overarching narration of the social sideshows of our present-day achievement-oriented society - and this with a large portion of humor.
- blow out, Carpenter Center for the Arts, Cambridge, MA (S)
- you you you, Kunstverein in Hamburg (S)
Ungestalt, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel (G)
- Habitude, Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montréal (S)
- Surrender, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (S)
- A Thousand Quarrels, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver (S)
- I is being This, Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver (S)
- documenta 8, Kassel (G)
- Ian Carr-Harris/Liz Magor, 41. Venedig Biennale, Venedig (G)