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Liz Glynn

Performance Interpretation

Liz Glynn, in collaboration with Carlin Wing, interpreted Sara Robert’s piece:
untitled music for everyone at the Oct. 26 Exchange Rate: 2008 event at Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA and in Nashville, Tennessee on Nov. 4.

“Pray for Rain”
This one’s for the ladies.
We’ve come a long way baby!
We’ve come a long way, since 1989…
There are 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling.
And woman who wears rose colored glasses is taking responsibility.
But I have hope. I have hope and I am hoping for a change.
But I am not asking for the change we can believe in, or real change that’s coming soon. I am asking that we change the terms of the conversation.
I believe Anita Hill. And if I think about it, I understand what Monica Lewinsky was doing.
I can sell my body if I wanna.
Don’t you look at me that way.
Don’t you look at me that way.
Don’t you look at me that way
Whatever happened to feminists who wear lipstick?
Whatever happened to feminists?
Do you remember when women picked up guitars and formed bands with other women? Do you remember Home Alive? Do you remember take back the night? Do you remember when pro-choice was pro-abortion? Do you remember self-love? Do you remember where’s your anger?
In 1991, Angelenos took to the streets when the police officers who pummeled Rodney King were found not guilty.
In 1995, OJ Simpson was found not guilty of murder. Convicting him for robbery in 2008 changes nothing. I’m asking that we do better.
This is a reminder that Joe McCarthy is fucking dead.
I pray that I will never again here someone equivocate a black man for president with “chaos”. I want everyone to take back the right to be angry.
I am asking you to raise your hands. Raise your fingers, raise your fists.
I am asking you to give me back the words in my mouth.
Some people pray for oil, and some people pray for rain.
I’m praying for rain.

Liz Glynn at Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, CA on Oct. 26:

Carin Wing in Nashville, Tennessee on Nov. 4:

Performance Directions


Bury your head in the sand.

Or, go underground.

Dig a tunnel.
Find a way TO GET THROUGH.

Figure out how we’re going to get out of this mess. Make a blueprint for action. Scale to fit. Take action based on the plan.

[Please note, take actions literally.]

Interpreted by:
Adam Overton
Pablo Rasgado and Kelly Kleinschrodt


Liz Glynn is an LA-based artist who explores the ambition of empire and the pleasure of ruin. Her practice seeks to embody dynamic cycles of growth and decay, and to propose direct action through sculptural material. Recent works include the 24 Hour Roman Reconstruction Project at Machine Project, and the In the Beginning is the End, a Processional for Los Angeles in Chinatown. Her work has also been presented at venues including Acuna-Hansen Gallery (LA), John Connolly Presents (NYC), and Beta Level (Los Angeles), and will be included in an upcoming project at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has attended residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and soon will travel to O’artoteca in Milan. Her work has been reviewed in Art Lies and the Los Angeles Times. She received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts, and her BA from Harvard College.


Circular Processional