LIZ-N-VAL / DOWNPOUR
SEPTEMBER 3–OCTOBER 3, 2004
RealForm Project Space
curated by David Gibson
Realform Project Space is pleased to present a new sculptural installation by LIZ-N-VAL entitled "Downpour" which uses mundane materials such as: beads, string, plastic, cotton and a tiny globe and toy air-plane (two of their signature toy objects) to reveal the strangeness and beauty of seemingly ordinary experience. In the pursuit of TRUTH and BEAUTY they close the gap between the physical and spiritual worlds by celebrating the ordinary—and they call it: Abstactrealism.
"Downpour" depicts a scene which may be interpreted in a variety of ways. Its charismatic depiction of a natural event is perhaps a symbolic narrative with existentialist overtones or a parable for the current situation in world affairs, or both at once. Liz-N-Val are interested incontributing ‘the notion of the commonplace’ for aesthetic appreciation and to add a multiplicity of aesthetic experiences to the generalizedcontext of daily life. The scene on view in their piece suggests a deep understanding of the ontological basis for life in the universe. We are surrounded by an overpowering chaos which originates from a distance and location of unimaginable scale and dimension.
The scale of a tinyglobe and toy air-plane situated among the oversized pearl-rain dropsalerts us to the disparity of our situation - that is man’s place within the timeless immemorial cosmic bubble and the heroic struggle and adventure for existence, a drama which unfolds and allows us, the players, the freedom and perhaps illusion of directing our own destiny.