(New York, NY)Liz Magic Laser
Liz Magic Laser was born, lives and works in New York City. She recently attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency program and the LMCC Workspace residency program. She earned an MFA from Columbia University and a BA from Wesleyan University. Her recent solo show at Derek Eller Gallery, chase, was reviewed by The New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, Artforum.com, Art Review and Frieze. Her work has been shown at New York venues including Southfirst, Sue Scott, Smack Mellon, The Art Production Fund and is currently included in Greater New York 2010 at MoMA PS1. Laser has also exhibited internationally at NT art gallery (Bologna, Italy), Karlin Hall for the Prague Biennale 4 (Czech Republic) and the Georgian National Museum for Artisterium 2009 (Tbilisi, Georgia). Laserís video work has been screened at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Texas), White Box (New York), the New Museum (New York) and the Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv.
Over the past year Liz Magic Laser has been working with actors on a project called Flight, a performance based on foot chase scenes from popular cinema that occur on stairs. The first version of Flight debuted at P.S.1 this past April, as part of their Saturday Sessions programming. The performance activated the outdoor staircase leading to P.S.1ís entrance with twenty-three scenes based on movies such as "Battleship Potemkin", "M", "Niagara", "The Shining", and "28 Days Later". Laser choreographs these actions with six actors so that the chaser becomes the chased, and a fast-paced series of slippages between villain, victim and witness ensues. Actors are directed to move through the audience and repeatedly expire on the steps as they perform lines from the films. Humor intermingles with instants of individual and collective urgency and at times the audience becomes indistinguishable from the performers. Laser will further develop new site-specific incarnations of Flight for key outside staircases in New York City.
The Flight performance is being developed in collaboration with actors Lindsey Andersen, Nic Grelli, Elizabeth Hodur, Michael Wiener, Max Woertendyke and Lia Woertendyke. Photos by Mia Tramz.