"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
Liz Magic Laser (b. 1981, New York City, NY, USA) lives and works in Manhattan, New York. She earned a BA from Wesleyan University (2003), an MFA from Columbia University (2008), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2008) and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2009). Awards and honors include grants from Times Square Arts (2011) and the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art (2010). She has been a resident at the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program (2011) and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace Program (2009). Her work has been included in the exhibitions I Feel Your Pain and The Digital Face, Derek Eller Gallery, New York and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2012); The Digital Face, Sunday Session, MoMA/PS1 (2012); I Feel Your Pain, Performa, New York (2011); Ljubljana Biennial, Slovenia (2011); Perfumed Nightmare, Marvelli Gallery, New York (2011); Evidence of Accumulation, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2011); Soft Machines, Pace Gallery, New York (2011); Flight, Times Square Alliance, New York (2011); Commercial Break, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Venice Biennial (2011); Champagne Urbana, The Paper Mill, Sydney (2011); chase, Derek Eller Gallery, New York (2010); Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2010); Inspired, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York (2010); Seeing Voices: The Visual Voice, Rutgers University (2010); Conversions, Bronx Arts Space (2010); Lost and Found, The New Museum of Contemporary Art (2009); Prague Biennial 4: The Newest New York, Czech Republic (2009); Subverted Genres, Sue Scott Gallery, New York (2009); New Deal, Art Production Fund (2009); VideoZone4 - The International Video Art Biennial, The Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel (2008); and Ahh...Decadence!, Art Institute Chicago Sullivan Galleries (2008).