Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery Presents Orly Genger Exhibition
Sculptures and drawings by the New York-based artist will be on display January 17 through February 29
The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of the University of the Arts presents the first Philadelphia exhibition of sculpture and drawings by New York artist Orly Genger from January 17 to February 29, 2012. The exhibit is free and open to the public weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, January 20 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Born in New York and educated at Brown University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Genger creates large-scale sculptures and installations from painted climbing rope. The immense forms begin with single lengths of rope repeatedly knotted to generate bulk and form.
In building up form, Genger is reiterating process, revisiting "soft" sculpture and referencing Minimalism from a feminist, almost taunting viewpoint. Her sculptures are arduously hand-made in a process similar to knitting. Petite though athletic, Genger makes us marvel at the repetitive effort required to produce her work while mocking the macho of Minimalism.
In the video for "Mr. Softy" produced for the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut, Genger crawls through the heavy labyrinthine rug of rope to the ubiquitous melody of the Mister Softee ice cream truck. Her athletic ability parallels yet opposes the masculine macho required in the industrial production of classic Minimalist fabrication while the title alludes to the ultimate failure of strength. Her massive drawings are built up in a similarly additive process: layers of linear ink marks suggest depth while embracing the flatness of the pictorial plane. The skeins of fists and forearms are muscular and almost sexual.
Genger's fiber art has lends itself to fashion and unusual spaces – she produces a line of jewelry and has created installations for SoHo boutiques, as well as site-specific works outdoors at the Aldrich and in Riverside Park in New York City.
Her work has been shown at the Indianapolis Museum of Arts, the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.; the Hood Art Museum, Dartmouth; Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo; and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Genger has been featured in Sculpture Magazine, Art in America, Modern Painters, Art News, The Village Voice and The New York Times, among others.