LINCOLN, MASS.- DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
is presenting 2011 Rappaport Prize recipient Orly Genger's monumental installation Red, Yellow and Blue in the Sculpture Park this winter. Slated to be on view at deCordova through summer 2014, it is among deCordovas largest and most ambitious installations to date. Originally commissioned by the Madison Square Park Conservancy (MSPC) in New York City, where it was on view during the summer of 2013, Gengers project is a notable collaboration for both MSPC and deCordova, as it marks the first collaboration between the two institutions.
Red, Yellow and Blue features Gengers renowned usage of hand-knotted, paint-covered nautical rope, configured in bright, undulating walls in three primary colors that wind through deCordovas 30-acre lawn, pathways, and hillsides. The work is comprised of 1.4 million feet of rope collected from the Eastern seaboard and 3,500 gallons of paint, weighing in at over 100,000 pounds. Red, Yellow and Blue has been re-shaped and re-sculpted from its MSPC installation to adapt to the contours of deCordovas variable landscape. The miles of layered rope redefine the topography of the Sculpture Park, bring aspects of the New England coastline to Lincoln, and create interactive environments that invite visitors to experience the landscape anew.
For its second life at deCordova, Genger notes, I wanted to create a piece that would encourage visitors to travel through the Sculpture Park grounds as opposed to holding visitors in a space as it did in Madison Square Park. Like an elongated sentence meandering through the landscape, Red, Yellow and Blue will move and transition from ground to ground and color to color.
Gengers piece alludes to works of modernist icons, such as Barnett Newmans 1960s painting series Whos Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue?, and Richard Serras massive, site-specific sculptural installations. However, unlike that of her male predecessors, Gengers process involves the acknowledgement of collective labor. According to Genger, I wanted to create a work that would impress in scale but still engage rather than intimidate. The tradition of knitting caries the sharing of stories and the installation draws on that idea.
Orly Genger is the recipient of the 2011 Rappaport Prize, founded by the Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport Foundation to support the Foundations mission of promoting leadership in public policy, medical research, and art.
Born in 1979, Genger (represented by Larissa Goldston Gallery, New York) lives in New York City and works in Brooklyn. She received her B.A. from Brown University in 2001, and attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. She has served as a guest lecturer/visiting artist at MassArt, Museum of Arts and Design, Ohio State University, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, among others.
Gengers recent solo exhibitions include Iron Maiden (2013) and Big Open Empty (2011) at Larissa Goldston Gallery (New York); and Whole (2008) at Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indiana). Selected group exhibitions include Sentimental Education (2011) at Gavlak Gallery (Palm Beach, FL); MATERIAL WORLD: Sculpture to Environment (2010) at MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA); and Energy Effects: Art and Artifacts from the Landscape of Glorious Excess (2010) at Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver, CO). Gengers work has been featured in collections in several museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Hood Museum of Art, and Indianapolis Museum of Art.