ARTIST: LIZ MARKUS
DESIGNER: MOVE! BPNY
Painter Liz Markus possesses a unique sensitivity to nostalgia, color and style. Markus will interview participants, one by one, about a special time in their lives and what they were wearing when it happened. Then, working quickly (15 minutes, actually), she will translate those memories into a vivid and romantic painting on a silk scarf, which will, when dry, go to the person pictured—allowing the sitter to one day become truly wrapped up in a blurry, happy memory.
With signature drips and washes and an eye for finely calibrated color, Liz Markus’ paintings are a new view of the grand tradition of society portraiture which have been described as a mash-up of Andy Warhol and Helen Frankenthaler, while tracing a line back to John Singer Sargent. Markus’ fascination with these women has her walking a fine line between reverently rendering them and distorting them through abstracted paint handling. As curator Dakin Hart writes in the catalog for her 2010 “Are You Punk Or New Wave” show, “In her most recent work she’s painting not as an ironic critic of popular culture but as a cultural product of Pop Art. Liz was born and raised in Warhol’s world, and her paintings externalize what it looks like to have been socialized there. "Liz Markus has exhibited internationally and has had six solo shows in New York. She lives and works in New York.
Known for its large printed men’s and women’s scarves, Yarnz has tackled everything from solid-color knits to bold graphic prints to contemporary and pop art. This NYC-based label, founded by designer Mateen Shah, has offered up a diverse selection of scarves, sweaters, and accessories made from soft cashmere, cashmere blends, and bamboo. The brand’s sense of humor shines through in the lipstick scarf — a cashmere and silk number imprinted with lipsticks and kissing lips — and pieces printed with diamond rings. In 2012 Yarnz diverted from its usual, fuzzy course by launching a line of roomy leather tote bags decorated with camouflage and geometric patterns. Founded in 2000, Yarnz has attracted a prestigious clientele that includes Madonna and Scarlett Johansson
Participation requires 15 minutes.
Visit the MOVE! info table or speak to a MOVE! ambassador to reserve your time slot.
FIFTEEN MINUTES needs time to dry. Finished pieces will be mailed to the participant after the event.
Photos: ©Jared Siskin / PatrickMcMullan.com