Kermit with Flowers 17
DIMENSIONS 16" x 13" MEDIUM Acrylic & archival pigment on Hanhemuhle museum etching paper
Hand-embellished series of 30, 2021
Signed and numbered by the artist on front
ABOUT THE WORK
“I’ve always loved the photograph of Kermit sitting by a window and smoking a cigarette, in front of him is a cup of black coffee and an ashtray full of butts. He struck me as world weary, the way I felt for long periods in my life, especially when I was younger.”
So began the body of work that Markus was to exhibit at Kantor Gallery (Los Angeles) in January 2021. Developing these variations on a singular idea or character, she is able to mine connections to the pop culture of her childhood years and combine them with today’s most poignant topics of patriotism and unshakable melancholy. Kermit with Flowers is one example of this series of conversations with one particularly green icon of the 70’s. Rendered in the artist’s signature washed-out style where colors bleed into one another, the effect produces an aqueous interaction of pigment within the hard edges of this famous frog’s unmistakable silhouette. Markus invites the viewer to have their own conversations with this version of Kermit, daring us to make our own associations within the larger discussion of past and present.
Liz Markus has a forthcoming 2022 solo exhibition at Stems (Brussels). Previous solo shows have been held at The Pit (Los Angeles), Unit London (London), Maruani Mercier Gallery (Brussels), White Columns (New York), and Loyal Gallery (Stockholm) among others. Selected group exhibitions include showings at Tripoli Gallery (East Hampton), Harper’s Books (East Hampton), Eric Firestone Gallery (East Hampton), and Canada (New York). Museum exhibitions include presentations at The Reece Museum (Tennessee) and Nerman Museum (Kansas City). Markus lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
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