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Elizabeth Leister
updated: 07/09/2014
website: www.elizabethleister.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Duet, Isadora Duncan
Etoile, A Duet
Etoile, A Duet
Demolition
Demolition
Here's The Moves (photo by Jorge Espinoza)
Here's The Moves (photo by Jorge Espinoza)
Here's The Moves (photo by Jorge Espinoza)
Here's The Moves (photo by Jorge Espinoza)
Mirror/Mirror
Marking, Very, Nearly, Away
Marking, Very, Nearly, Away
Duet #1
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  gestural, process, organic, technology, collaborative, figurative, social criticism
 
 
Duet, Isadora Duncan by Elizabeth Leister
Duet, Isadora Duncan
video
2013
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Etoile, A Duet by Elizabeth Leister
Etoile, A Duet
performance with video and drawing
2011
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Etoile, A Duet by Elizabeth Leister
Etoile, A Duet
Charcoal on paper generated from performance
2011
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Demolition by Elizabeth Leister
Demolition
networked performance with time-lapse video and drawing
April 27, 2012
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Demolition by Elizabeth Leister
Demolition
networked performance with time-lapse video and drawing
April 27, 2012
Dimensions variable
Here's The Moves (photo by Jorge Espinoza) by Elizabeth Leister
Here's The Moves (photo by Jorge Espinoza)
performance with video and drawing
2012
Dimensions variable
Here's The Moves (photo by Jorge Espinoza) by Elizabeth Leister
Here's The Moves (photo by Jorge Espinoza)
performance with video and drawing
2012
Dimensions variable
Here's The Moves (photo by Jorge Espinoza) by Elizabeth Leister
Here's The Moves (photo by Jorge Espinoza)
performance with video and drawing
2012
Dimensions variable
Here's The Moves (photo by Jorge Espinoza) by Elizabeth Leister
Here's The Moves (photo by Jorge Espinoza)
performance with video and drawing
2012
Dimensions variable
Mirror/Mirror by Elizabeth Leister
Mirror/Mirror
performance with video and drawing
2011
Dimensions variable
Marking, Very, Nearly, Away by Elizabeth Leister
Marking, Very, Nearly, Away
Participatory drawing installation with projected video and live feed
2011
Dimensions variable
Marking, Very, Nearly, Away by Elizabeth Leister
Marking, Very, Nearly, Away
Participatory drawing installation with projected video and live feed
2011
Dimensions variable
Duet #1 by Elizabeth Leister
Duet #1
Performance with drawing and live feed video projection. Performed with dancer, Sofia Klass
2011
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Artist Statement

My work interlaces traditional and digital approaches taking final form as single-channel video, multi-channel installation and networked performance.

My long-held interests in how technology can facilitate a simultaneous absence and presence, a private and public moment, a real and a virtual body within one space and time is amplified in the recent work where my questions are enhanced through live-transmission performance. Drawing is an integral component in the works. I am interested in the drawn line in relationship to the projected image – the immediacy of the dusty charcoal pressing into the page is contrasted with the clean digital mark of light – subject to the whims of delay, degradation and disappearance.

The myriad ways technology has become an interface between our internal and external lives and the manner in which it alters our interactions with each other physically, emotionally and psychologically is what informs these projects. This is in relation to drawing, the most immediate and fundamental act of recording through bodily gesture.

In developing and presenting my work I utilize the method and form that best communicates my concepts including live- transmission performance. Performing privately in my studio, while simultaneously broadcasting into places I have never been, for people who I may never meet, is strangely exhilarating.  Technology affords this interaction where connection and disconnection, time and place, overlap and transform into a dynamic space, neither here nor there, now or then. Working with this cutting edge approach is exciting, challenging and has been a natural direction for my practice.

Artist Bio / CV

Elizabeth Leister comes to digital media with a background in the fine arts. She received an MFA in sculpture from The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Fine Arts at Bard College and a BFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art.

Leister creates video, installation, and performance that questions our connection to technology and the proximity and distance that it creates as it becomes an extension of our physical, emotional and psychological selves.

Her work has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Delaware Museum of Art, and the North Dakota Museum of Art; Art in General, Apex Art and P.S. 122 in New York; Portland Art Center in Oregon, and Highways Performance Space and Gallery In Santa Monica.

Leister has performed at Beyond Baroque, Anatomy Riot, LACE and MOCA in Los Angeles. She has created networked performance presented at the Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Reno and in Low Lives 2 & 4 among other venues.  Leister has received awards from The Durfee Foundation of Santa Monica, CA, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and The Leeway Foundation of Philadelphia.

Leister lives and works in Los Angeles, California.