Liz Larner, Bird in Space, 1989, nylon cord, silk thread, stainless steel, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Susan and Leonard Nimoy and museum purchase in part through the Gene Davis Memorial Fund, 2002.46, © 1989, Liz Larner
Larner wove two curving planes of fibers that define the space around them in different ways, depending on where the viewer stands. Her work makes us reconsider what sculpture is. There is no weight, no solid mass, and no pedestal. The title refers to an abstract work by Constantin Brancusi from the 1920s, a sleek metal shape that seems to rise from its marble base, breaking free of old notions of sculpture.
Larner's installation finishes what Brancusi started. Instead of a self-contained object, we see a shifting form that appears to be taking off and dissipating in the air. The nylon and silk threads are like lines drawn through space, as though an idea jotted down in a sketchbook had materialized, however briefly, in the gallery.
Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006
Bird in Space
- Not on view
approx. 12 x 28 3/4 x 19 ft.
© 1989, Liz Larner
- Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Gift of Susan and Leonard Nimoy and museum purchase in part through the Gene Davis Memorial Fund
- Mediums Description
- nylon cord, silk thread, stainless steel
- Object Number
- Linked Open Data
- Linked Open Data URI