With Fifteen Seconds, Lia Lowenthal places Henry Moore, known primarily for his large-scale public works, in the confining and transient space of an elevator. Lowenthal recreates Moore’s sculptures as diagrammatically painted renderings on clear plastic, photographed on site in Art in General’s elevator. As interpreted by the camera, the painted plastic suggests three-dimensionality, but also reveals itself as pliant and fragile, reversing the language of Moore’s sculptures and equalizing them with the environment.

Fifteen seconds is the amount of time the elevator remains open. At times, the motion of the elevator doors simulates the effects of a camera’s shutter, transporting the object from one space to another, and transforming the elevator into a mode of mediation.


Curated by Courtenay Finn
Photo credit: Steven Probert