Liz Magic Laser joins the VCS faculty this fall

This fall, New York-based artist Liz Magic Laser will be joining the VCS faculty to teach the foundation year Photography Workshop course. Here’s a brief bio of Liz, quoted from her web site:

Liz Magic Laser was born, lives and works in New York City. Her works have involved collaborations with actors, dancers, surgeons, and motorcycle gang members. Laser recently attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and the LMCC Workspace residency program. She earned an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Wesleyan University. For chase, her recent solo show at Derek Eller Gallery (NYC), she staged a performance of Bertolt Brecht’s Man equals Man in New York City bank vestibules. Laser’s video work has been screened at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the New Museum and the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv. Other exhibitions include the Prague Biennale 4 (Czech Republic), Artisterium 2009 (Tbilisi, Georgia) and Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1 where her performance Flight also recently debuted. Laser is continuing to develop Flight with the award of a Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art grant.

In addition to the shows mentioned in her bio, Liz has new work in several exhibitions in New York City this summer.

The first is Soft Machines, running from July 14 through August 26 at The Pace Gallery on 22nd Street in Chelsea. As described on the gallery’s web site, Soft Machines is a group exhibition of artists exploring the influence and effects of control mechanisms on one’s psychological and physical disposition. Liz’s contribution to the exhibition is an ongoing collaborative project with Anna Ostoya called Imprint (photographs), which documents stains and the blood-like imprints of body parts—feet, ears, fingertips, etc.—in commercial spaces throughout New York City.

Liz is also participating in the exhibition Evidence of Accumulation at the Studio Museum in Harlem includes Breakdown (2011), with a video that she and 2010-2011 Artist in Residence Simone Leigh created in collaboration with opera singer Alicia Hall Moran. To read a description and listen to a short audio clip about the piece by Simone Leigh, check out the exhibition’s page at the Studio Museum in Harlem web site.

Finally, a new bronze sculpture (Liz’s first) can be seen in the exhibition Everything Must Go! at Casey Kaplan on 21st Street, open through July 29th. You can see the piece (a Chiquita banana hat inspired by Carmen Miranda and a recent trip to Brazil) to the left in this image on the gallery’s web site.

If you would like to read about more of Liz and her works, check out this review by Holland Cotter of her video chase (2010) from the New York Times, and this interview from ARTINFO about a recent staging of her performance piece “Flight” in Times Square.

We’re excited to have Liz joining the VCS faculty, and looking forward to welcoming her to the program at the start of the new academic year.

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