The last thing I expected on this trip was to have an art rush. But through a serendipitous outing to the Fred Jones Museum of Art on the U of O campus, I picked up a new art publication called Art Desk, a striking publication published in OK. When I saw a terrific spread on the work of Orly Genger, I had to buy the magazine. Then when I actually read the article, I was ecstatic to discover she had a current installation in Oklahoma City, just thirty minutes away from the university. So my family and I excitedly headed out the next morning in near summer weather to a narrow strip of land near downtown OKC that was labelled Oklahoma Contemporary.
Orley Genger, a MFA grad of Chicago,and and undergrad of Brown, makes a series of knotted structures, often from lobster rope. The first work of hers that I saw in press was crocheted. But this and other installations have a more complex knotted structure.
In this photo you can see the color change in the predominately red-orange structure, so colored to reflect and celebrate the Oklahoma terrain. She paints her rope to achieve the desired color, with this shot showing previous blue not quite covered.
This installation seems as solid at cement, and uses a lot of rope.
Contrast it with the screen shot from a 2010 sculpture of hers.
I could write more but I’ve run out of time, so instead you can read this NYTimes article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/05/arts/design/orly-genger-in-madison-square-park.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
and visit her website: orlygenger.com
Enjoy and Happy 2015
More to come soon….