Beginning Wednesday, September 16th, Peder Lund will present five new ceramic wall works by the American installation artist and sculptor Liz Larner (1960- ). Since the 1980s, Larner has explored and expanded the possibilities of sculpture by combining geometric formalism with notions of movement and change. Her use of line, color, and shape work to modify and reinvent the formal language of Minimalism, producing new relationships between viewer, sculpture, and the surrounding environment. An inventor of new forms, Larner’s sculptures are not easy to categorize. Larner’s work evokes an exquisite tension through the use of unconventional materials, the manipulation of space, the presence of unexpected color, and the destabilization of monumentality and volume. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in Norway.
Presented at Peder Lund are Larner’s wall-based ceramic forms that support richly chromatic surfaces. Their surfaces are uneven – breaks, fissures, cracks, and bends bisect them vertically—reminiscent of the earth’s shifting crust. The unique imperfections intrinsic to these works are derived from an earlier ceramic piece Larner made in 2012 called Octan. The artist had hoped the work would come out of the kiln clean and even, but it, unfortunately, broke in the process. The fragmented piece featured cracks on its surface, and although not initially the desired effect, it was something which Larner embraced and began to explore further. By this chance occurrence, this mishap allowed her to employ a more experimental and unpredictable process.