20 November 2015—23 January 2016

Liz Magic Laser

Kiss and Cry

Mercer Union is delighted to present a solo exhibition by New York based artist Liz Magic Laser. The exhibition titled Kiss and Cry will feature a new video work commissioned by the gallery and Partners in Art. There will be an artist talk at 7pm on Friday 20th November 2015, followed by the opening reception.

Liz Magic Laser works across performance, video and installation. Emerging from an interest in movement and the body, her work explores current events and their mediation through mass media in an age of information and engages with the mechanisms of how we perform and how we are performed to through multiple modalities. She stages situations, dialogues, monologues or plays and uses the urban environment and its population as the context for her artwork.


Liz Magic Laser (b. 1981, New York) earned a BA from Wesleyan University (2003) and an MFA from Columbia University (2008). She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2008) and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2009). Most recently, her work was the subject of solo exhibitions at Wilifried Lentz, Rotterdam (2015); Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2015); Yale Union, Portland (2013); Paula Cooper Gallery, New York (2013) and The Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster (2013). Her work has also been exhibited at The Whitney Museum, New York (2015); Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna (2015); Art Space, Sydney (2015); The Highline, New York (2014); Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea (2014); Carolina Performing Arts, Chapel Hill (2014); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2014); The Kitchen, New York (2014); Lisson Gallery, London (2013); the Performa 11 Biennial, New York (2011); The Pace Gallery, New York (2011) and MoMA PS 1, New York (2010). Laser is the recipient of grants from Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation Grant (2013), the Southern Exposure Off-Site Graue Award (2013), New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (2012), the Times Square Alliance (2010) and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010).  She lives and works in Brooklyn.

Featured Figure Skaters: Anna MacKenzie and Axel MacKenzie and coach Marie Jonsson MacKenzie.

Video Editors: Liz Magic Laser and Naomi Spiro.

Director of Photography: Nikolay Michaylov.

Second Camera: Daniel Froidevaux.

Camera Assistant: Dan White

Audio Engineer: Dallas Boyes

Sound Designer: Jakob Thiesen

Production Manager: Georgina Jackson

Production Assistants: Nick Torok and Andrew Hoekstra

Costume Adviser: Felicia Garcia-Rivera

Voice Overs: Boston Flannery and Jenna Iacono

Mercer Union and Liz Magic Laser would like to thank Marie Jonsson MacKenzie, Anna MacKenzie, Axel MacKenzie, the North Toronto Memorial Arena, Eric Anweiler, Andrew Hoekstra, Nick Torok and Zach Cox.

Liz Magic Laser would also like to thank Becca Albee, Anna Craycroft, Celine Danhier and Bunny Lake Films, Joan Dupont, Eliza Doyle, Felicia Garcia-Rivera, Sanya Kantarovsky, Drew Klein, Dafna Maimon, Hanna Lea Novak, Ben Lerner, Steven Matijcio, Ella Maré, Wendy Osserman, Chadwick Rantanen, Lina Rodriguez, Ariana Reines, Naomi Spiro, Jakob Thiesen, Hong-An Truong and Kate Wilson.