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Liz Larner

2 as 3 and Some, Too

1997–98

The two irregular and intersecting cubes that make up 2 as 3 and Some, Too evince Liz Larner’s ongoing engagement with the delineation of space, while the painted paper that covers the steel armature is typical of her use of color. Her use of an empty linear form makes it clear that her interest in three-dimensional space is much more about exploring volume than it is about exploring mass. This work controls the space in which it is shown, but without a massive physical presence or any hint of monumentality. The artist creates an ambiguous relationship between the viewer, the sculpture, and the surrounding environment, one that shifts steadily as the viewer moves around the work, which remains wholly visible at all times, almost as if it is transparent.

Liz Larner (b. 1960, Sacramento, California; lives and works in Los Angeles)
2 as 3 and Some, Too, 1997–98
Mulberry paper, steel, and watercolor
112 x 137 x 95 in.
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Purchased in memory of Stuart Regen with funds provided by Thea Westreich and Ethan Wagner, Pam and Dick Kramlich, Norman and Norah Stone, and Chara Schreyer

There is a whole tradition where volume and density and mass are almost the same thing: that if something is big then we need to sense how heavy it is, and how dense it is, and how massive it is. I wanted to try to take some of these things and change the relationships. —Liz Larner

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