These Days, 90.02
This set of Venetian blinds ripples and reflects the light it is meant to obscure. The artist's work features unexpected new forms that are reinterpretations of contemporary corporate space and utilitarian objects. In this work, the artist’s highly specific material choice of aluminum mimics the hallucinatory effects she aims to create.
Libby's work is inspired by the visual seduction of the industrial sublime, at the same time it subverts the signs and symbols of corporate power and control. Skyscrapers, glass curtain walls, circuit boards, highway interchanges, and other urban infrastructure are cannibalized and repurposed in her freestanding sculptures and hybrid wall works. Libby’s process begins as a dissection of industrial and household materials. The artist's work explores the interaction between the man-made and the natural world, while its ornamental aspects recall the biomorphic tenets of art nouveau. Seen together, Libby’s architectonic work creates an immersive environment that reflects the dizzying and spectacular effects created by our technologically advanced society—foreshadowing utopian, or possibly dystopian, landscapes that might await us in the not too distant future.
Anne Libby’s work subverts and reinterprets the signs and symbols of contemporary corporate spaces. The artist cannibalizes and repurposes urban infrastructure—including skyscrapers, glass curtain walls, circuit boards and highway interchanges—into her freestanding sculptures and hybrid wall works. Libby’s architectonic work reflects the dizzying and spectacular effects created by our technologically advanced society, foreshadowing both the utopian and dystopian landscapes that might await us in the not-too-distant future.
Anne Libby was born in Los Angeles, California in 1987. The artist received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island in 2009 and an MFA at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York in 2017.
Solo exhibitions of Libby’s work include: See Me So at Night Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2021); Dilated Sky at Soft Opening in London, UK (2020); Anne Libby: Form Constant at Ribordy Thetaz in Geneva, Switzerland (2019); The Golden Door at Magenta Plains in New York City (2018); Anne Libby at The Downer in Berlin, Germany (2018); Earthflash at Night Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2018); Anne Libby at Zak’s Project Space in Brooklyn, New York (2017); Marrow into Moxie at Night Gallery in Los Angeles, California (2015); Lillies Lamellae at Metropolitan Structures in Baltimore, Maryland (2015); Les Annelés at Violet’s Cafe in Brooklyn, New York (2015).
Group exhibitions that have shown Libby’s work have taken place at: Moscowitz Bayse in Los Angeles, California; the Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, California; Various Small Fires in Los Angeles, California; Meredith Rosen Gallery in New York City; Soft Opening in London, UK; Josh Lilley in London, UK; 315 Gallery in Brooklyn, New York; SIGNAL in Brooklyn, New York; Nina Johnson in Miami, Florida; and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Arkansas. The artist’s work was exhibited at Magenta Plains in 2017 as part of a three-person exhibition alongside Peter Nagy and Barry Le Va.
Libby lives and works in Los Angeles, California.