Lisa Anne Auerbach

Selected works by Lisa Anne Auerbach

Lisa Anne Auerbach
Crystal Energy


Merino wool stitched onto stretched linen

160 x 203.2 cm
“I might knit a statement that only rings true for one day or one hour, but the existence of it extends far beyond this short window.”

Lisa Anne Auerbach started using knitting as a means to ‘write’ bumper sticker style slogans directly onto woollen jumpers to create both an artwork and a wearable, topical statement. Through the process of knitting, her words form an integral part of the final structure rather than being painted or printed on to an existing support, (be it a canvas or a t-shirt), allowing the art and the words to be interwoven as one and the same.
Lisa Anne Auerbach
Oops! Toxic B.S.


Mannequin with Merino wool

152.4 x 30.5 x 61 cm

Find Your Inner Metal Voice, 2011 and Crystal Energy, 2014 are both made using a knitting machine, presented in the style of a traditional painting which offers a semi-mechanical finish and, like her jumpers, combines craft, politics and text.
In Crystal Energy, Auerbach has isolated various insights offered to her by psychics she personally met with, reproducing them as graphic speech bubbles which appear like a mind map, or as thoughts, out of context, the way they might pop up in your brain. The statements at first read as a fun, ingenuous collage of ‘empowering’, self-help style messages, but after a second reading they begin to feel like hollow clichés rather than genuine empathetic guidance.

Lisa Anne Auerbach
Find Your Inner Metal Voice


Merino wool stitched onto stretched linen

160 x 203.2 cm

This is partly due to their uniform writing style and the harshness of the black and white, which reduces the sincerity of the words, replacing their emotional content with a confrontational authority. Like Richard Prince’s ‘joke’ paintings, Auerbach has made seemingly light-hearted statements anonymous and questionable.

Text by Gemma de Cruz

Lisa Anne Auerbach's Biography

Lisa Anne Auerbach
Born 1967, Ann Arbor, MI
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

Bookshelf, Alias Books East, Los Angeles, CA
Chicken Strikken, Prick Your Finger, London, England

Chicken Strikken, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden
United We Stand, Hammer Museum AIR: Artist in Residence, Los Angeles, CA

Torn Porn, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

The Tract House: A Darwin Addition, APS Museum & Philagrafika2010: Out of Print, Philadelphia, PA

Take This Knitting Machine and Shove It, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
UMMA Projects: Lisa Anne Auerbach, University of Michigan Art Museum, Ann Arbor, MI

Election Sweater Project, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
If Nothing Changes It Changes Nothing, Printed Matter, New York, NY

Auerbachtoberfest, David Patton Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
Along the Dixie Highway, Art Positions/Gavlak at Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL

Lisa Anne Auerbach, Gavlak, West Palm Beach, FL
Right On, Weatherman, CPK Kunsthal, Copenhagen, Denmark

Self Titled Debut, Thomas Solomon’s Garage, Los Angeles, CA

Heaven Tonight, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA (MFA Thesis Show)

Landscapes, University of Rochester Gallery, Rochester, NY


Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Stickat. Från mössor, tummar och hälar till fred, konst och politik. (Knitwear. From hats, thumbs and heels to peace, art and politics) Lilla Björka, Berg, Sweden.
C.O.L.A. Fellowship Award Show.” Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Whole, In Part. Artists' Publications from the MACBA Collections. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain
My Echo My Shadow, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL

Plane Text.” (airplanes flying text banners above the ocean) Miami Beach, FL
Funny, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Girl Talk: Women and Text, CAM Raleigh, Raleigh, NC
Erogenous Zones, Silverman Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Book on the Fritz, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden
Candor: In Honor of Mike Kelley, Long Beach City College Art Gallery

Word Is... Luckman Gallery, CalState LA, Los Angeles, CA
Trespass|Parade, West of Rome, Los Angeles, CA
Doublespeak, Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT
The Optimist’s Parking Lot,” Beacon Arts, Inglewood, CA
Getting Upper, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA
Geared, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Sun Valley, ID
Designated Drivers, The Block Museum, Evanston, IL

Five Year Anniversary Show,Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
inSCRIPTion: Text-Image-Action, Cerritos College Art Gallery, Norwalk, CA
Art and Social Justice, Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY
Ordinary Miracles, SlaughterhouseSpace, Healdsburg, CA
Re:Cycle — Bike Culture in Southern California, Sweeney Art Gallery, University of California, Riverside, CA
New Language, Ogilvy & Mather, The Chocolate Space, New York, NY
Wrap Your Head Around This, Drake Hotel, Toronto, Canada
Think Pink, Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
Substitute Teacher, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA

Nine Lives, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Prescriptions, Acme Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Tract House, Threewalls, Chicago, IL
Craftwerk 2.0, Jönköpings County Museum, Jönköping, Sweden

The Station, Art Basel, Miami, FL
Hello Liberty, The Dalton Gallery, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA
Cottage Industry, Baltimore Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD
The Way That We Rhyme, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Fare una Scenata / Making a Scene, Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy
2018: Fate, Fortune, Coming Times, Less Than Three Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Gestures of Resistance: Craft, Performance, and the Politics of Slowness, Gray Matters, Dallas, TX
Vested Interest, Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
Make You Notice, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, San Francicso, CA
Here, There, and Everywhere, Bike Oven, Los Angeles, CA

Read Me, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Words Fail Me, Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, MI
High Desert Test Sites 07, Joshua Tree, CA
Common Threads, Confederation Centre for the Arts, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Pass It On: Connecting Contemporary Do-It-Yourself Culture, A & D Gallery, Columbia College, Chicago, IL

Open Walls 2, White Columns, New York, NY
Street Signs and Solar Ovens: Socialcraft in Los Angeles, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Fair Exchange, LA County Fair, Pomona, CA
Locale, curated by Kris Kuramitsu, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Miss America, (with Aleksandra Mir), Rental Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Flaming June, Spanierman Modern, New York, NY
Interstate, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Queens, NY
High Desert Test Sites 05, Joshua Tree, CA
The Workmanship of Risk, St. Lawrence University Art Gallery, Canton, NY

Opening Group Show, Gavlak Projects, West Palm Beach, FL
IHC Hiking Club, as part of Frieze Projects with Andrea Zittel, London, England
Political Textile Show/Knitknit Release, ThreeWalls, Chicago, IL
Post-Postcard, Outpost for Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA.

Publish and Be Damned, Cubitt, London, England
High Desert Test Sites 03, Joshua Tree, CA
Groundhog Day, Pestorius Sweeney House, Brisbane, Australia
KnitKnit, Three Walls, Chicago, IL
Knitknit at Sundown Salon, Los Angeles, CA

Publish and Be Damned, Cubitt, London, England
High Desert Test Sites 03, Joshua Tree, CA
Groundhog Day, Pestorius Sweeney House, Brisbane, Australia
KnitKnit, Three Walls, Chicago, IL
Knitknit at Sundown Salon, Los Angeles, CA

High Desert Test Sites 01, Joshua Tree, CA

Kamikaze, Marstall, Berlin, Germany

Ten Los Angeles Artists, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Her Eyes are A Blue Million Miles (Version), Three Day Weekend, London, UK
The Eagle Rock Show, Eagle Rock Community Cultural Center, Eagle Rock, CA

Wunderbar,Hamburg Kunstverien, Hamburg, Germany
246,Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
Skin Deep, Thomas Soloman’s Garage, Los Angeles, CA
246, Mark Foxx Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles Visits P-House in Tokyo, Three Day Weekend, Tokyo, Japan“Chance, Art Center, Pasadena, CA

P.L.A.N.: Photography Los Angeles Now, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Smells Like Vinyl, Roger Meriens, New York, NY

Thanks, Three Day Weekend, Los Angeles, CA
Dave’s Not Here, Three Day Weekend, Los Angeles, CA
Group Show, Food House, Santa Monica, CA
Utter Realities, Cerritos College Art Gallery, curated by Randy Sommer, Cerritos, CA
Red Rover, Red Rover, Three Day Weekend, Los Angeles, CA
Gorgeous Politics: 8th Annuale, LACE, curated by Dave Hickey, Los Angeles, CA. Traveled to Temporary Contemporary Gallery, Las Vegas, NV
Grammerians, Guggenheim Gallery of Chapman University, Orange, CA