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NANO GALLERY EVENT: APRIL 22nd, 2010 / LIZZY WARONKER

The Alchemist’s Closet the latest works from Lizzy Waronker

www.lizzywaronker.com

OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, APRIL 22nd 6pm to 9pm

LOCATION: 1431 Ocean Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90401

Nano Gallery’s second exhibition, ‘The Alchemist’s Closet,’ seeks to totally transform the miniature gallery into part-relic, part-curiosity cabinet, and part artifice.

Emerging LA artist Lizzy Waronker uses the gallery space as a time portal into her anachronistic, strange new universe of ephemera, steam punk, and delicate grandiosity. Generally, Waronker’s work consists of assemblage, collage, and second-hand sculpture of found and discarded domestic bits. For ‘The Alchemist’s Closet,’ she has kidnapped the gallery’s walls and transported them to her own studio. There, she has contrived a workspace of a fictional alchemist (a foil of her own tinkering, creative self), replete with all of the baubles, notes, and personal effects amongst the alchemist’s work.

Waronker has essentially cast a partially faux, partially autobiographical look at creative inspiration; necessitating revelations about the mind of the artist as well as the hereto unexplored universe of the viewer’s reaction to that source. Says the artist, “My assemblages are a lot about alchemy already. I collect found bits and pieces and arrange them to create a sort of third element that affects my perception of reality. “The Alchemist’s Closet†will be a life-sized version of this.â€

Nano Gallery is pleased to host this peek into the benevolent madness of Ms. Waronker’s world.

ABOUT NANO GALLERY:

Nano Gallery is a gallery within a gallery, showcasing small artworks of all media (roughly 6 x 6 x 6 and smaller.) Curator Jonny Coleman has asked a combination of artists both based locally and internationally to consider the limitations of size and for their artwork and exhibition.

Gallery Contact:

Jonny Coleman director@gallerynano.com 213-369-1125

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Waronker’s work is often shaped by her childhood, which she spent exploring the secret passageways and hidden rooms of her family’s rambling New England home. Her assemblages use vestiges of this past in combination with the new, the found, and the broken, to invent a magical world where realities are altered, hidden truths are revealed, wounds are healed, and the course of the future is re-aligned. Waronker debuted her work in a dual art event and installation at the WeSC concept space in Los Angeles, CA. The show created an instant buzz amongst curators and critics not only for her dramatic work, but also for the unexpected, life-sized installation that enveloped it.

Publicity Contact for Lizzy Waronker:
Penny Guyon at Firefly Media 323-874-0776 or penny@firefly-media.net

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