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Liz Larner at Regen Projects


At Regen Projects in Hollywood, a motley amalgam of plastic materials—water bottles, yogurt cups, take-out containers—floats across the gallery floor. The sculpture, titled “Meerschaum’s Drift,” was made with three years worth of plastic collected by the artist Liz Larner, who painted the work in sea-like greens and blues. The title (the first word of which translates to “seafoam” in German) evokes the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a floating plastic island composed of 1.8 billion pieces of plastic refuse in the Pacific Ocean. Larner pairs her plastic construction with warm-toned ceramic sculptures titled “Asteroids,” a dozen of which are installed around the gallery space, each taking on a unique organic form. The stable earthen material of these vessels contrasts the synthetic nature of the plastic work, highlighting the precarious relationship between our world and the refuse with which we continue to fill it.

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Photo: Installation view of Liz Larner, “As Stars and Seas Entwine” at Regen Projects, Los Angeles. Photo: Evan Bedford, Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.