Liza Lou

'Let the Light In'

In honor of the reopening of the SCAD Museum of Art, the Savannah College of Art and Design presents Let the Light In, a solo exhibition by artist Liza Lou. In her newest body of work, Lou creates sculptures and reliefs that reference common objects such as ropes, book pages and fencing that when layered or made into multiples and then cloaked in brilliant glass beads evoke themes of containment, labor and repetition. With simultaneous delicacy and command, these unexpected and alluring surfaces invite investigation while disrupting our perceptions of physical barriers and confined spaces. A community of artisans works together to assist Lou in her practice of transforming the purpose of these everyday objects and upending their symbolic references of exclusion and confinement. In doing so they share stories, songs and time, thus imbuing Lou's work with a collective spirit and illuminating the sensibility of human workmanship.

Liza Lou, Roll, cotton, glass beads, 6.75' x 6.75' x 4.75', 2007-08.
Liza Lou, Roll, cotton, glass beads, 6.75' x 6.75' x 4.75', 2007-08.

About the artist

Native New Yorker Liza Lou uses ordinary materials—glass, wire, tile—to create extraordinary landscapes that probe our deepest personal and political sensibilities. In Let the Light In, the artist engages themes of containment, labor and repetition with millions of brilliant glass beads that illuminate the will and sensibility of human workmanship. As she has for much of her career, Lou brings a painter's eye to her sculptural work, examining visual themes from the Pop Art and Neo-Expressionist tradition in unique environments of her own design.

Liza Lou is the recipient of a 2002 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Santa Monica Museum of Art; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Museum Admission

The exhibition is free with SCAD Museum of Art admission.

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