Through a complex, multidisciplinary art practice, Liz Glynn raises questions about history, the passage of time, social and political power, and systems of value. In this work, the tumbleweed – the iconic lone inhabitant of a deserted world – is rendered in stainless steel, halting its form and movement. Tumbleweeds, whose branches are shaped into curving forms by their rolling motion, are symbols not just of the Western US landscape, but of movement through it and the passage of time. By shifting the object’s material from organic matter to steel, Glynn freezes the ephemeral object in front of our eyes thereby creating a contemporary sculptural still life. Glynn’s work has been the subject of important solo shows, including The Archaeology of Another Possible Future, a yearlong exhibition at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, and RANSOM ROOM, at the SculptureCenter, New York. Major group exhibitions include the Hammer Museum’s 2012 Made in LA biennial; the Getty Museum’s 2013 Pacific Standard Time; and the New Museum’s 2009 The Generational: Younger than Jesus.
UNTITLED (TUMBLEWEED II)
8 x 11 x 8 1/2 inches