Liza J. Lee


lizalee31Bio: Liza J. Lee is an East Van artist with a BA in English from UBC. With her sharp skills in social media, Liza is acknowledged by well-known gallery dealer Diane Farris as a Vancouver pioneer of social networking in the arts (“Twitter/Art+Social Media” exhibition 2010).  Her art community is the Pan Pacific Rim and world wide web! Liza’s vision as co-founder of Artistrun Collective is to facilitate art as a means for social change through alternative and crypto-currencies. Liza’s ephemeral-inspired art began in 2005 with “kolam” art at the entry way of her studio. See Liza’s “Chalk Art” article in the Globe & Mail. Now in her 40s, her latest art series is the “Ephemeral Nature of Art Spaces” (from 2013) below.

Artist Statement: “All formations are impermanent”

The two circular art pieces below (12″ x 12″ each) in mixed media with resin sand are “Ephemeral Nature of Art Spaces I” and “Ephermeral Nature of Art Spaces II” (below). The art is a social-political statement about the impermanent nature of Vancouver art spaces, much like the contemplation of the nature of reality. Or for a more direct analogy: Tibetan sand paintings.

Ephemeral art is transitory and usually describes objects found in nature. Early land art, sand sculptures, ice sculptures and chalk drawings on footpaths are examples of ephemeral art. Ephemeral also applies to art spaces that are transitory and that exists only briefly. These include pop-up art galleries lasting one day to cultural centres that tragically and suddenly closed within a few years…

As a Vancouver art community, we have seen multiple venues close — from commercial galleries to the Waldorf, a historic Hotel and Tiki Bar, once a creative compound where contemporary art, music, food and culture convened under one roof. Its success in the gentrification process of the East Van neigbourhood attracted a growing group of “Bougeois Bohemians” aka BoBos. In fact, across the street from the once thriving Waldorf is called “La Boheme”, a new condo development targeting the latest generation of BoBos.

Bohemians in the last century usually include artists and the intellectuals. These were the Beats of the 50s and the Hippies of the 60s. In the last incarnation, these bohemians championed the values of the radical and anti-establishment, while the bourgeois were the enterprising yuppies of the 1980s.

Now in 2013, Bohemian attitudes from the hippie 1960s have merged with the bourgeois attitudes of the Yuppie 1980s to produce a new culture, a synthesis of the two resulting in a rising generation of BoBos with an aversion to conspicuous consumption, while emphasizing the “necessities” of life. It is ironically the rise of the BoBos in gentrifying neighbourhoods that lead the way to the ephemeral nature of art spaces.

Ephemeral Nature of Art Spaces I & II 12″ x 12″ Each – $250 Each on 3D Gallery.

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