Approved: 16.08.2006

Lizi Sanchez

Artist

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Approved: 16.08.2006

'...Scrutiny of high and low culture takes another turn in the sculptures and collages of Lizi Sánchez. Sánchez’s sculptures possess an unashamedly frivolous quality. The weighty materials traditionally associated with sculpture are, more often than not, eschewed as Sánchez is drawn towards cheap materials such as those commonly found in hardware and haberdashery shops. Nevertheless, her constructions,

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Practice-based research
  • Categories: Drawing, Installation, Painting, Sculpture
 
 

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    Biography

    '...Scrutiny of high and low culture takes another turn in the sculptures and collages of Lizi Sánchez. Sánchez’s sculptures possess an unashamedly frivolous quality. The weighty materials traditionally associated with sculpture are, more often than not, eschewed as Sánchez is drawn towards cheap materials such as those commonly found in hardware and haberdashery shops. Nevertheless, her constructions, using veneers, pom-poms, ribbons, fabrics, bathroom tiles, cardboard and polystyrene, possess an authority belying the tackiness and lowly status of her materials. Are they sculptures, models, facsimiles of monuments? The rigorous construction and attention to detail evident in this work may go some way to explaining the contradictory impulses they induce, as might the apparently formal appearance. Though eschewing the ‘serious’ materials of sculpture and attendant associations of grandiosity and solemnity, as works of wit and great ingenuity, Sánchez’s sculptures still demand to be read ‘seriously’. These hybrid forms are reminiscent of various types of design, which not only occupy a particular physical space within the city, but also particular places within a hierarchy of design. The seeming disparity between form and content can be partly attributed to Sánchez’s fascination for making links between disparate forms of ornamentation, from those found in architecture – façades of buildings, urban monuments and parade grounds – to the sort of paraphernalia used for shop displays. Where the former alludes to a civic identity (and by association tradition and history), the latter suggests something altogether more transient, such as the act of shopping (or consuming). Though seemingly worlds apart, one is rarely experienced without the other. Walking through the city, we invariably pass by shops, and when out shopping we cannot avoid a notion of the civic. Sánchez’s collages provide another vehicle through which associations are made between an amalgam of styles and design. Like her sculpture, these works possess an unlikely logic and beauty...' (Richard Hylton, Once Removed exhibition catalogue, 2008)

    CV & Education

    Born Lima-Peru. Lives and works in London

    www.lizisanchez.com

     

    Education:

     

    2005-2007 MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, London, U.K

    1994-1999 BA Fine Art, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Perú

     

    Solo Exhibitions:

    In a world that laughs, DOMOBAAL, London-UK, November 2015

    Oh Locura de Diamante, Vertice Gallery, awarded with Artists’ International Development Fund, January 2014

    Beyond the Pearl, Standpoint Gallery, exhibition funded by Arts Council England, London-UK, June 2012

    Journeyman’s Heirs, Duckett and Jeffreys, Yorkshire-UK, June 2010

    Mirror Pelt, Weissfaktor, Berlin, Germany, Feb 2010

    The Luxury of the Private, Arte Gene, Barrow in Furness-UK, Nov 2008

    Upcoming: Concrete Bold Condensed, Galeria Garua, Lima, Peru, May 2016

    Selected Exhibitions:

    London Open 2016, Whitechapel Gallery, London-UK, Sep 2015

    Drawing Room Bienial, Drawing Room, London-UK, March 2015

    VV Open, Vulpes Vulpes. London-UK, November 2014

    IIIII, a commission for Full Circle, exhibition by Drawing Room in collaboration with UBM plc , London-UK, July 2014

    Creekside Open, selected by Paul Noble, Creekside, London-UK, June 2013

    Material Matters, The Drawing Room, UBM Headquarters, London-UK, October 2012 -March 2013

    Through the Looking Glass, The Agency Gallery, London-UK, Feb 2012

    The Knight Turns its Head and Laughs, alongside Tom Hackney, Stepheren Lawrence Gallery, University of Greenwich, London-UK, Sep 2011

    Utopia Ltd., Highlanes, Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland, April, 2011

    Creekside Open, selected by Phyllida Barlow, Creekside, London-UK, June, 2011

    Proteo, Nettie Horn Gallery, London-UK, March, 2011

    Utopia Ltd., Wexford Art Centre, Ireland, February 2011

    Sophisticated Boom Boom (in B & W), Domobaal Gallery, London-UK, April 2010

    Studio Voltaire Members Show 2010, selected by Jennifer Higgie and Rebecca Warren, London-UK, February 2010

    Pure Peru, Peruvian Embassy, A selection of Peruvian artists working in UK, London-UK, July 2009

    Once Removed, Unit 2 Gallery, curated by Richard Hylton, London-UK, May 2008

    IV Convocatoria, Luis Adelantado Gallery, Valencia- Spain, August 2007

    Red Mansion Art Prize, Lethaby Gallery, London-UK, March 2007

    New Worlds, Hengrove Art Gallery, exhibition funded by the British Arts Council, Bristol-UK, February, 2006

    Spike Open, Spike Island, Bristol-UK, May, 2005

    Curating Zero Degree Archive, Spike Island, Bristol-UK, January, 2005

     

    Awards and Residencies

     

    Winner of The Red Mansion Art Prize awarded residency in Beijing, China, for research and art production. August-September, 2006

    Shortlisted by Henry Moore Institute, Research Fellowship 2008

     

    Publications and Writings

     

    Shared Gifts, essay to accompany exhibition Beyond the Pearl, Rebecca Geldard, June 2012.

    Moves, Throws and Plays, essay to accompany exhibition The Knight Turns its Head and Laughs, Ed Krcma, University of Greenwich, Summer 2011.

    Journeyman’s Heirs, Carmen Cerbreros Urzaiz, April 2010

    Once Removed: New work about Location, Richard Hylton, Unit2 Gallery (May 2008), London

    The Issue of Locality, or Becoming a Local, Lizi Sanchez, in Eddie Chambers (ed.) Avon Calling (July 2006), Bristol: Spike Island.

     

    Reviews

     

    David Altmejd and Lizi Sanchez in London, by Jeanine Woolard, NY Arts Magazine, published Vol 19 September 2012

    http://www.nyartsmagazine.com/reviewed/davd-altmeid-lizi-sanchez-in-london

    A Gift of an Art Show, by Eliza Williams So Different So Appealing, published 12 July 2012

    http://www.sodifferentsoappealing.com/2012/07/gift-of-art-show.html

    Rebbeca Geldard’s Top 10 London Shows in May and June 2010, Saatchi Online, published 10 June 2010 http://magazine.saatchionline.com/articles/artnews/rebecca_geldards_top_10_london_11

     

    Research Projects/ Lecturing

     

    TIPP International, Tihany, Hungary

    Guest Lecturer and Tutor

    International Postgraduate Program and collaborative research initiative between the Visual Arts Department at Goldsmiths College and the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts.

    April 2007, September 2007

    Interp Group, Spike Island, Bristol, U.K

    Artist research group funded by Spike Island that investigates the strategies artists adopt in their relations with the institution and the audiences.

    August 2004 – July 2006