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For the past fifteen years, Lia Halloran’s studio practice has been in dialogue with science and nature, and discusses topics such as astrophysics, magnetism and gravity, perception and scale, giant crystal and ice caves, cabinets of curiosity, taxonomy and classification, the periodic table of elements, and interconnected relativity. Halloran grew up surfing and skateboarding in the Bay Area and developed a deep love of science while working at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, her first high school job. 

Halloran has participated in several interdisciplinary projects and collaborations including curating exhibitions, creating platforms for critical dialogue on contemporary art, and establishing connections between science and art—most notably coauthoring a forthcoming book with the award-winning theoretical physicist Kip Thorne about the warped side of the universe. Her series Deep Sky Companion, which reinterprets the 18th century French comet hunter Charles Messier’s “Catalogue of Deep Sky Objects” in 110 paintings and their 110 photographic twins, is on permanent display at the Cahill Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA.

Lia Halloran was born 1977 in Chicago, IL. She lives and works in Los Angeles. Halloran received a BFA from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999 and an MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University in 2001. 

Lia Halloran Dark Skate Vienna, Rembrandtstrasse Footing, 2013

Lia Halloran
Dark Skate Vienna, Rembrandtstrasse Footing, 2013
C-Print
32 x 84 in.

Lia Halloran Dark Skate Vienna, Gypsy Bowl, 2013

Lia Halloran
Dark Skate Vienna, Gypsy Bowl, 2013
C-Print
32 x 84 in.

Lia Halloran Sepulveda Dam, 2014

Lia Halloran
Sepulveda Dam, 2014
C-print
20.5 x 54 in., ed. of 5, 2 AP
​32 x 84.75 in., ed. of 3, 1 AP

Lia Halloran Bronson Canyon, 2014

Lia Halloran
Bronson Canyon, 2014
C-print
20.5 x 54 in., ed. of 5, 2 AP
​32 x 84.75 in., ed. of 3, 1 AP

Lia Halloran Bike Path, 2018

Lia Halloran
Bike Path, 2018
C-print
24 x 24 in., ed. of 5, 2 AP
48 x 48 in., ed. of 3, 1 AP

Lia Halloran Devil's Gate, 2014

Lia Halloran
Devil's Gate, 2014
C-print
24 x 24 in., ed. of 5, 2 AP
​48 x 48 in., ed. of 3, 1 AP

Lia Halloran Above Devil's Gate, 2014

Lia Halloran
Above Devil's Gate, 2014
C-print
24 x 24 in., ed. of 5, 2 AP
​48 x 48 in., ed. of 3, 1 AP

Lia Halloran Griffith Park Wash, 2017

Lia Halloran
Griffith Park Wash, 2017
C-print
54 x 20.5 in., ed. of 5, 2 AP
83 x 32 in., ed. of 3, 1 AP

In 2009, Lia Halloran began working on a performance-based photographic series called Dark Skate using long-exposure photography to document trajectories of Halloran’s movements on a skateboard in urban architectural space at night. This series consists of site-specific two-dimensional images that are part photograph, part performance, and part self-portrait drawings, created by affixing a light to Halloran’s body as she moves through space. Dark Skate explores relationships generated between the body and space, expressing the universal and intimate qualities of each. Halloran has traversed a variety of unique urban terrain during the development of this series, exploring, skating, and photographing concrete riverbanks, dams, skateparks, underpasses, and abandoned architecture in Los Angeles, Miami, Detroit, and most recently in Vienna, Austria. 

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