Liza LouExhibition

Liza Lou

Lou uses geometric structures in many of the pieces in the exhibition in order to reveal the humanity underlying repetitive labor, resulting in works whose imperfections display ineffable beauty and human tenderness. One work, for example, titled horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss trickling*, consists of a grid of beaded white squares which Lou pieced together with 24 karat gold beads to make a single sheet and then stretched like canvas. Imperfections become apparent in the making—the squares become rectangular, surfaces become dirty and misshapen; holes and pockmarks appear.

Selected Works

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  • Lost, found
    2009-2011
    glass beads, cotton, steel stretcher frame
    38 1/2 x 36 1/8 x 1 3/4 inches
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  • Coil
    2008-2010
    glass beads, cotton
    (diameter) 5 1/2 x 8 3/8 inches
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  • Ghost (white)
    2009-2011
    glass beads, cotton, keviar, stretcher bar
    42 1/2 x 37 x 2 inches
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  • Seek, find; knock, open
    2008-2011
    glass beads, cotton
    85 1/4 x 36 inches
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  • Honorable mention
    2010-2011
    glass beads, cotton, stretcher frame
    43 x 49 inches
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  • Honorable mention
    2010-2011
    glass beads, cotton, stretcher frame
    43 x 49 inches
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  • Roll call
    2008-2010
    glass beads, cotton
    (diameter) 12 x 7 inches
    (pedestal) 36 x 14 x 14 inches
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  • Block
    2010-2011
    glass beads, cotton, stretcher frame
    56 x 51 x 1/8 inches
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  • Stack (one million)
    2010-2011
    6,460 9mm beads woven to make one square sheet, 175 pages stacked to create a cube
    13 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 inches
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  • Blue cloud cloth
    2010-2011
    glass beads, cotton, stretcher frame
    32 x 40 1/4 inches
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  • Like new
    2010-2011
    glass beads, cotton, stretched over frame
    28 1/2 x 29 inches
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  • Glass darkly 2009-2011
    glass beads, cotton
    40 1/4 x 38 inches
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  • Untitled
    2009-2011
    glass beads, cotton, stretcher frame
    78 x 47 x 6 inches
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  • horse-shitting, hair-splitting, nit-picking, piss-trickling
    2010-2011
    glass beads, cotton, stretcher frame
    32 1/2 x 32 x 1 1/4 inches
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  • Spin
    2010-2011
    spinning wheel, 24 karat gold-plated glass beads, stainless steel
    39 x 18 9/16 x 43 inches
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  • Untitled
    2009-2011
    glass beads, cotton
    24 1/2 x 25 x 6 inches
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  • Devotional
    2010-2011
    glass beads, cotton, 2 stacks of 50 sheets of white bead-woven paper with gold trim
    5 3/16 x 9 3/8 x 14 1/2 inches (two stacks)
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  • Hold
    2009-2011
    glass beads, cotton
    38 1/2 x 26 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches
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  • Pray
    2010-2011
    white and 24 karat gold-plated glass beads, cotton
    25 1/2 x 16 3/4 inches
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  • Gather (one million)
    2008-2010
    glass beads, stainless steel, hemp
    4 3/4 x 144 x 144 inches
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  • Gather (one million)

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  • Gather (forty) 2010
    gold plated beads, stainless steel
    9 13/16 x 4 3/4 inches
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  • Win Win
    2010-2011
    24 karat gold-plated beads, cotton, stretcher frame
    23 x 23 1/4 inches
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  • Solid 2010-2011
    24 karat gold-plated beads, cotton
    24 x 23 1/2 inches
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  • Trust no one
    2010-2011
    glass beads, cotton
    25 x 17 1/2 inches
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  • Save me
    2010-2011
    glass beads, cotton, stretcher frame
    18 3/4 x 18 3/4 x 1 1/2 inches
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  • Almost Wonderful 2010-2011
    24 karat gold plated squares, cotton
    22 1/4 x 23 inches
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  • Unclean 2010-2011
    24 karat gold plated-beads, cotton
    25 x 17 inches
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  • Baby blue
    2010-2011
    glass beads, stretcher frame
    24 1/8 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/4 inches
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  • Indra's Net
    2009-2011
    glass beads, cotton, stretcher frame
    43 x 49 inches
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