Liz Magic Laser
Although she is better known for her engagement with theatricality, the practice of the American, New York-based artist Liz Magic Laser (b. 1981) is also deeply embedded in the choreographic. One of her earlier pieces, Distressed, is a perfect example. It consists of a group of five dancers emerging from a Diesel jeans store and literally distressing – breaking-in – their jeans in a series of highly systematic and choreographed gestures. In the course of this process of distressing their jeans, singly, in pairs, and in groups, their bodies take on a distinctly object-like, even sculptural quality.
Liz Magic Laser, Distressed, 2009