Made In L.A. is coming to the Hammer, Barnsdall Park, LAXART, and billboards around town on June 2 and will showcase sixty emerging, under-recognized Los Angeles artists–one of which will be voted to win a $100,000 prize. In order to help you make an educated vote this summer, we’re counting down to Made In L.A. by showcasing each artist participating in the biennial.
Lisa Williamson is a Los Angeles based visual artist who creates sculptures, drawings, paintings, and assemblages that center on objects and forms: her work is quite mimetic.
Williamson’s work seeks to share objects that go through a process in her mind of representation, her imitating forms she sees and presenting them in new ways. Her work is similar to a copy machine that produces drawn out and reduced copies of originals. The best representation of this is her body of work from a 2010 show in Rome, The Reader In The Garden. The show sees her lay out what appear to be found objects and basic, form driven sculptures before framed representations of them that are painted or drawn. The framed pieces reduce the objects almost to silhouettes, examining how they bisect and interact with space.
As mentioned in a note of her work in Light & Wire’s 2008 FAULT LINE show, her work consists of visual rhymes. Like The Reader, her work current and recent sculptural work see long strips of repeated patterns or bent steel upon itself forming drawn out upside down Vs or lowercase Ns. They are stark, towering creations that have an elegant persona to them. Each play space, almost blending into the wall and floor of a gallery. They not only examine our visual relationship with objects but an object’s relationship with space and each other.
Lisa Williamson is one of the handful of artists that we were aware of before, her name popping up in several lists of cool artists working locally. Her work is really fantastic but can very easily be reduced to “That’s a cool sculpture!” which is where her current work seems to lie. Be that as it may, we’re hoping she does in fact bring a cool sculpture to Made In L.A. because they are just so elegant and beautiful.