Orly Genger
September 10 - October 24, 2009

Larissa Goldston Gallery is pleased to present Move, the third solo exhibition in New York of work by Orly Genger. The exhibition will be on view from Thursday, September 10 through Saturday, October 24, 2009. There will be a performance and reception for the artist on September 17 from 6:30 to 8 pm.

Move features a new performance and installation in which Genger explores and exploits the tenets of minimalism in order to “skin” the aseptic looking forms, revealing their underlying “guts”. In a departure from Genger’s previous site-specific environments in which the artist arranged hundreds of large elements into hulking multi-ton installations, Move focuses on Genger’s desire to contain her work’s organic nature in order to create an immutable object. 

Dominating the main gallery is an installation featuring Reg, a massive 8 x 8 x 6 foot sculpture. Named after the 1965 winner of the Mr. Universe competition, the rectangular prism’s exposed strata of meticulously stacked elements made from black painted hand-knotted climbing rope decries the sleek and facile factory production of Minimalist practitioners. At the center of the installation, the sculpture stands immobile, encircled by industrial fans. The forced air’s futile assault against the sculpture conveys a sense of struggle that suggests issues of dominance and submission, as well as the power to overcome both physical and psychological obstacles.

The idea of physical weight as a metaphor for struggle is literally made manifest by the artist in her performance I’ll never lie to you again, I promise. Genger will be encased in a monolithic block of smooth white plaster suspended from the wall. Armed with only a hatchet, she will attempt to break free. The detritus from this performance will remain on view accompanied by a video documenting this Herculean task. 

Orly Genger was born in New York City in 1979. She received her BA from Brown University in 2001, and attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002. She has since had exhibitions at The Aldrich Contemporary Arts Museum, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. She will be in an exhibition at MASS MoCA in Spring 2010. Her work has been featured in Interior Design, ArtNews, House and GardenThe Village VoiceThe New York Sun, and The New York Times among others.

Larissa Goldston Gallery is located at 530 W 25th Street, 3rd floor. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am – 6pm. For more information, please contact the gallery at 212-206-7887 or visit www.larissagoldston.com.

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