Liz Magor’s singular work One Bedroom Apartment was first exhibited in 1996 at Susan Hobbs Gallery, Toronto, with several iterations since shown in galleries in Europe and in Canada. Presenting this work in Calgary in 2020 reflects a moment in which the act of packing up and moving evokes a present and foreseeable future of insecurity and transience. In each version of the work, the entire contents of a one-bedroom apartment are pulled together through a combination of renting and borrowing, the only constant being a sculpture of a dog that maintains its anxious position under a table.
As one of Canada’s most important artists, Magor has been producing a broad spectrum of sculptural objects, installations, and photography since the mid-1970s. She is best known for sculptures made from both found and cast objects that quietly, yet intensely pull our focus to the things that surround us every day.