"golden," by Artist-in-Residence Liz Harvey

Liz Harvey & Mary Armentrout
March 2, 2016April 3, 2016

Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 26, 2016, 3–5 pm
Performances: Saturdays from 3–5 pm on March 5, 12, 19, 26 and April 2

For her one-month residency, Liz Harvey will make objects and performances that either look back or forward, serving as elegies or predictions. As part of an ongoing project entitled golden, Harvey will investigate the concept of freedom in relationship to the geography and history of the Bay Area. With a focus on the past and imagined future ecosystems of the area, Harvey draws on processes of “women’s handiwork,” including sewing zippers together into sculptures and embroidery-centered sculptures and performances. Harvey invites visitors to participate in works-in-progress through embroidering drawings and manipulating zippers. During the residency, Harvey will collaborate with choreographer Mary Armentrout on a series of performances, including an ongoing durational embroidery performance, the lost ones.

Liz Harvey is a visual artist whose sculptures and performances have been shown in galleries, museums, and alternative spaces, including national parks, a river, and an arroyo. She combines craft processes including sewing and embroidery with a conceptual approach, and has shown in numerous exhibitions in California, New York, and Italy. A recipient of awards from the California Arts Council and the Peninsula Artists Fund, Harvey recently served as Artist in Residence at the Bay Area Discovery Museum and at Kala Art Institute. In 2012, she began collaborating with Mary Armentrout, a Bay Area choreographer and dance artist known for her site-specific performance installations.

Image: Liz Harvey & Mary Armentrout, venus, zippers, zippers, lipstick, 2012. Documentation of performance.

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program.