Liz Larner, 2003
fiberglass, paint, and steel
(American, b. 1960)
Larner's work combines a geometric formal vocabulary with a pervasive sense of movement and change. Over a period of 25 years, living and working in Los Angeles, she has used a wide range of materials to create environments that engage the formal language of Minimalism in order to question its own precepts and assumptions.
Her work at UCSF, "Untitled 2001," is installed in the lobby of the Diller Family Cancer Research Building, visible from multiple viewpoints throughout the multilevel atrium as well as to walkers, drivers and Muni riders along 3rd Street. Made of fiberglass, paint and steel, "2001" is a 12-foot-diameter form generated using animation software to represent six equal steps in a progression from a sphere to a cube, superimposed upon each other. The resulting object, precisely fabricated in epoxy resin, is complex and asymmetrical, and its appearance changes constantly as one moves around it because of the unique refractive properties of the "Harlequin" paint surface - which flips from green to magenta. A form generated from mathematics becomes asymmetrical, and frames perception as an individual, biological function.