A site-specific installation for Shelter in Place Gallery reflecting on the current states of emergency — the pandemic, systemic racism, economic inequality, and divisive leadership
Plans for this installation began in early May with an urge to harness my gran(d) fury, grave frustration and fear as our leadership ignored science and spread misinformation in their poorly managed pandemic response. Covid-19 has magnified systemic inequalities as black and brown people are affected and dying at a disproportionately higher rate.
Sparked by the chrome insignia from a Plymouth Gran Fury — the iconic police cruiser of my childhood — and the force that the car’s moniker holds, I wanted to build on my sense of urgency. Red and blue gels on the windows cast softened emergency lights into the gallery….alluring, reverent and terrifying at once. Sirens are heard outside.
NYC activist artist collective, Gran Fury, first connected this police cruiser with their outrage as they called out ignorance in leadership and action during the AIDS crisis. Their role in awareness and education was profound. There is still no cure.
The grievous killing of George Floyd (and countless others) and current nationwide protests have radically shifted the relevance of this proposal. City streets emptied by social distancing are now filled with protestors, risking their health by necessity to speak out for justice.
Continued displays of force against peaceful protestors and presidential posturing demand police and government reform and require us to examine our own roles and responsibilities toward radically shifting institutional and interpersonal racism in the United States. Each of us must take action.
Photos courtesy of Shelter in Place Gallery.
For centuries, artists have rendered the landscape as a means to celebrate, idealize, and connect our human experience to the natural environment. In the nineteenth century, American artists depicted the breathtaking and sublime vistas discovered through westward expansion and travel. These Romantic landscapes recorded topography, at once bucolic, frightful, and untamed. Depictions of glorious landscapes bolstered a sense national pride, promoted tourism, and provided pastoral antidotes to rapid industrialization. Though our relationship to our surroundings has become increasingly more complex, for artists the landscape still beckons. Contemporary artists’ works celebrate the persistence of beauty in landscape, but also depict areas of distress, regions affected by climate change and places of conflict. This exhibition brings together landscapes intended to evoke the ethereal and divine, such as George Inness and William Trost Richards, with fresh approaches to the genre by modern and contemporary artists, from the Museum’s permanent collection and on loan. This show features a range of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, video, photography, and sculpture.
Selected artists include:
John Noble Barlow, George Bellows, Richard Benson, Francis Adams Comstock, Diane Cook, Ron Cowie, Sally Curcio, Mary Dondero, Durr Freedley, George Inness, Teri Malo, Salvatore Mancini, Sue McNally, Alan Metnick, Joel Meyerowitz, Peter Milton, Liz Nofziger, Joseph Norman, William Trost Richards, Rita Rogers, Francisco Sainz, Aaron Siskind, and more.
Ink drawings for each day of social distancing.
Brookline Public Library Artist in Residence
Fall/Winter 2016 and ongoing
The Public Library of Brookline
As the first Artist-in-Residence (AIR) at the Brookline Public Library, Liz Nofziger has created a constellation of small ruptures in the norm, spread throughout the building, inside and out. There is great variety in the work, from sound pieces to beams of light, but all are tied together through color and site. Photos by Lara Kimmerer.
— Bonnie Bastien Brookline Library AIR Curator
See the catalog here
an interactive light and sound installation
by Heather Kapplow & Liz Nofziger
October 10, 2015
Fenway Park, Boston MA
Ovation washes you in a giant wave of love. It wasn't love originally intended for you, but the artists have managed to obtain it and are giving it to you as a gift. Bathe yourself in it for as long as you would like.
Special thanks to Ian King, Kevin Micka, and Yo La Tengo
Photos by Aram Boghosian, Courtesy of ILLUMINUS.
24th annual drawing show
Center for the Arts Mills Gallery
Curated by Susan Metrican
October 9 - December 20, 2015
Ground Lock: A site-specific installation for feelers
On a bank of three windows this work eliminates and/or enhances the view of the ground from one perspective by filling in the brick with translucent red vinyl. The view only locks into place from one vantage point, most precisely if you are 67.5” tall. This flattened surface outside becomes an abstracted form on the window. The light that enters the gallery in turn projects hot rosy forms on the gallery ground, moving through space with the sun’s travel to find and influence other works.
Center for the Arts Plaza
539 Tremont Street,
July 24 - October 15, 2014
BCA Artist Resident
Liz Nofziger brings free community ping pong to the BCA Plaza this summer
with Bounce, a colorful, interactive outdoor installation made up of three
conjoined, regulation-sized ping pong tables, custom-engineered to form
an oversized Community Ping Pong Court. This unique configuration, which
opens to the public on July 24th and remains active on the Plaza through
October 15th, encourages participants - from the proficient to the amateur
- to try their skills, make new friends and make up their own rules. All
are encouraged to stop and play - paddles and balls will be available
at no charge around the clock. Each bounce of the ball will be captured
by microphone and amplified, processed and played back in real time, adding
another element of recreation to the work.
bounce from liz nofziger on Vimeo.
Photos by Melissa Blackall Photography at Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, Liz Nofziger: Bounce, July 24-October 15, 2014.
August 6 – 24, 2014
Gallery presents Twelve Nights, an exhibition of works by Todd
Antonellis, Halsey Burgund, Stephanie Cardon, François-Xavier de
Costerd, Kelly Anona Kerrigan, Leah Gauthier, Liz Shepherd and Liz Nofziger.
Twelve Nights explores the impact of group critique on individual practice
and the connections across media that develop as a result of frequent
collaboration and exchange.
an ongoing site-specific audio installation in the Boston Shipyard and Marina near building 12, 256 Marginal Street, East Boston.
created for Occupying the Present
collaboration with Harbor Arts
an exhibition curated by Elizabeth
Michelman in summer/fall 2013
Bentley Library ArtSpace
Northern Essex Community College
791 Hammond Street
Chestnut Hill, MA
18- November 13 2012
Nofziger is currently developing Flood, a new immersive
site-specific installation for the Nancy Lincoln Gallery at Beaver.
Devoid of liquid, Flood will engulf the physical space of the gallery,
engaging both visible and hidden elements of the architecture. By
exposing the mundane and unseen, Nofziger's installation will
challenge and expand the relationships we have to our constructed
Massachusetts College of Art + Design
Shifting Terrain: Landscape Video
Currier Museum of Art
Ash Street, Manchester, NH
2 - September 18, 2011
summer, experience the Currier's first exhibition to exclusively feature
moving image artworks, including digital projections, site-specific interventions
and sculptural installations. Shifting Terrain: Landscape Video is part
of the Spotlight New England series, which highlights the most talented
artists from the region and invites fresh perspectives on issues of global
interest and contemporary art-making. Landscape representations have a
long history in the visual arts and have been used to communicate a range
of social, political and personal perspectives. American painters and
photographers in the mid-1800s, for example, often framed the American
landscape as a pastoral ideal or untamed wilderness to depict the virtues
of the nation. The time-based projects in Shifting Terrain are in conversation
with these traditions, but incorporate strategies that respond to the
unique artistic, social and economic climates and physical realities of
today. They offer new opportunities to think about and understand the
complexity of the landscapes we encounter -- both the physical sites and
Art Center Newton, MA
September 20 - October 22
Curated by Ashley Billingsley
Featuring work by Ashley Billingsley, Andrea Evans, James Horgan, Liz
Nofziger, Daniel Phillips, Daniela Rivera, Gina Siepel
Beyond Purview is an exhibition of mixed media paintings, drawings, sculpture,
installation, and video. Through these media the artists investigate altered
landscapes: both physical places and psycholgical ideas. By exploring
our physical world, the artists are inspired to question what is and what
we actually know of it.