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This and That: Lisa Shoyer / Magdalena Fernández

“This and That” is an occasional series of paired observations. -Ed.

Today: Light Pillars

In this week’s Top 5 we included the Magdalena Fernández installation Rain at the Houston Cistern, which closes Sunday, 6/25/17. It’s a video and sound projection in a vast underground concrete room, formerly a water storage facility:


This prompted Houston artist Michael Galbreth to send this image of Lisa Shoyer’s 1986 installation at DiverseWorks in Houston:

Lisa Shoyer, Light Installation No. 19, 1986. From the exhibition “Women and Peace” at Lawndale Art Annex. Photo by Frank Martin from the catalog “Lawndale Live,” 1993.

Michael writes:

Lisa was a dear friend and great artist. I considered her a star. She moved to California (I think) and disappeared from the scene. This was an installation at the original Lawndale. It was an array of painted, suspended plastic PVC pipe suspended from the ceiling. Each tube contained a simple light. The tubes were perforated with perpendicular slots to allow the light to emanate from creating a dazzling effect. So simple. So good. Lisa was part of the very first group of people who were artist residents at DiverseWorks in 1984, along with James Bettison, Billy Hassell, Beth Secor, Don Redman, and Doug Laguarta. 

This photo is the only one I could find of Lisa. It’s a tiny image scanned from the catalog “DiverseWorks Artspace: 1983-1993” published in 1993 that documents the first ten years of DiverseWorks. The photo of Lisa is from 1984.

Lisa Shoyer


No matter how original, innovative or crazy your idea, someone else is also working on that idea. Furthermore, they are using notation very similar to yours. – Bruce J. MacLennan


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