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Features / April 17, 2008

Liz Magor: Beggar’s Banquet for the Disenchanted

Liz Magor “Mouth:Full” 2008 Installation view

Liz Magor gets better and better. In her new show at Equinox Gallery, the BC-based artist lays out a series of overlapping tables set with strange sculptural victuals. Food crumbs, candy wrappers, cigarette butts, clothing and other individual items are piled and shaped into discrete works that sometimes include inert small animal forms. Together, they make a beggar’s banquet for the disenchanted, a statement on consumerism run amuck.

The American essayist Bill McKibben, in his book Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age, explores what he calls the “enough point,” the point where consumption becomes irretrievably destructive and rational thought says “enough.” Magor’s show frames that uniquely contemporary landscape. Its title is “Mouth:Full,” a more visceral way of expressing the same thought. (2321 Granville St, Vancouver BC)