Artist Liz Magic Laser recently presented her second solo exhibition at Various Small Fires in Los Angeles, in which she debuted two new video works: The Thought Leader, and My Mind is My Own. For The Thought Leader, Laser adapted a monologue from Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground and hired a ten-year-old actor to deliver it in the form of a TED talk. In My Mind is My Own, the 11-year-old daughter of a vocal coach plays the role of a trainer in an instructional video whose talk takes on sinister tones.
Laser has also been included in the inaugural show at the Whitney’s new building, America Is Hard to See. The Whitney’s press release states, “Setting forth a distinctly new narrative, America Is Hard to See presents fresh perspectives on the Whitney’s collection and reflects upon art in the United States with over 600 works by some 400 artists, spanning the period from about 1900 to the present.” Wu Tsang, who presented a performance at DiverseWorks in 2014 is also included in America Is Hard to See.