Orly Genger | the artist




The artist Orly Genger
Born 1979, New York City, USA.
Lives and works in New York City.

Style and technique of the artist: Installation art, Sculpture Objects,

2011 Rappaport Prize by the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts.


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Orly Genger
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Orly Genger and Jaclyn Mayer

Orly Genger
The works that Genger has become known for “Mr Softy” at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum or the vast “Big Boss” at MASS MoCA are distinguished by sheer ambition and volume, incorporating sometimes miles of hand-crocheted rope into space-filling cumulus clouds, mudslides, and stacks. They are labor-intensive (and showy about it), but also meant to be seen as high-impact wholes, soft-sculptural fireworks of colorful material. In their “obsessive piles of stuff” aesthetic, they suggest kinship with the aggregation art of Tara Donovan one of the more successful contemporary-art tactics though Genger’s works are less architectonic and display a more monomaniacal temperament in their insistence on a signature material. They are, finally, eminently accessible, ruthlessly formal sculptures whose main content would seem to be the demand to seize your attention…

Orly Genger
Orly Genger builds stacks, walls, and even entire rooms out of rope, creating large sprawling sculptures that skillfully commandeer both indoor and outdoor spaces. Through her recurring use of coarse rope, extreme color choices, and what might be described as aggressive installations, Genger is a sculptor interested in reshaping space and actively engaging the viewer. Tacked onto the bulletin board of her Greenpoint studio are photographs of work by Richard Serra, Frank Stella, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Lynda Benglis. It is not surprising, given her practice, that she looks closely at this group of artists, all of whom are either major practitioners of Minimalism or artists who have directly responded to that tradition…

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