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Liz Markus, Art As Golf by Zach Fischman for Little Star Art Journal

Liz Markus (b. 1967, Buffalo, New York) doesn’t like to struggle. That doesn’t mean her life is easy, or that she’s any stranger to difficulty. But she’s tried to devise a painterly practice that doesn’t trade in ardor, or at least the type we’re used to seeing on canvas. Markus grew up in Buffalo, and spent much of her childhood at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, whose impressive collection of Abstract Expressionism is a kind of crash course in what struggle, and particularly masculine struggle, might look like in paint. It’s not that Markus dislikes this type of painting – indeed, she spent much of her development working through such styles and influences – but rather, as all painters must do, she went searching for a style that suited her aims And so rather than do battle on canvas, Markus populated her work with hippies and stuffed animals, and more recently, wealthy members of the international jet set. In recent years, she found herself watching a lot of golf, and was taken with the quiet atmosphere and verdant landscapes she saw on screen. She noticed a parallel to working in the studio, watching golfers trying to get in the zone and hit a ball, seemingly effortlessly, into an impossibly small hole. She devoted a large painting to the comparison, rendering the course in washy skeins of green on unprimed canvas, and lettering the name of the game in big purple letters at the bottom. The studio, and the problem of painting, is a difficult course with treacherous obstacles, but every so often Markus shoots under par, and makes a painting that records her happiness instead of her struggle.

Pencil In The Studio

Maria Calandra visited and drew my studio for her amazing blog, Pencil In The Studio.

Domestic Seen at The Nerman Museum, Kansas City, KS

Julie Blackmon · Matt Bollinger · Ramiro Gomez · Ezra Johnson · Thomas Keifer · Sean Lyman · Liz Markus
Domestic Seen focuses upon seven artists who employ interiors, objects and related “domestic” scenes to convey perceptions regarding varied experiences, immigration, celebrity, wealth etc. The seemingly mundane is imbued with critical content that resonates both locally and nationally. Featuring paintings, photographs, videos, drawings and sculptural works, the exhibition highlights a diverse range of people, places and objects.

Man Alive at Mauruani Mercier Gallery, Brussels

Curated by Wendy White
12.01.2017 to 25.02.2017
Gallery - Brussels - Belgium
Liz Markus, Wildfox USA, 2016, acrylic and collage on canvas
Nina Chanel Abney
Judith Bernstein 
Jordan Casteel 
Rosson Crow 
Rochelle Feinstein 
Keltie Ferris 
Joanne Greenbaum 
Liz Markus 
Marilyn Minter 
Nathlie Provosty 
Ruth Root 
Pat Steir
Kaari Upson
Wendy White 
Sue Williams 
Brenna Youngblood
Lisa Yuskavage
Julia Wachtel

The Artists We Know: Liz Markus

HGU Hotel studio visit video created in conjunction with the permanent installation of several Girlfriends of the Rolling Stones paintings in the hotel lounge.