On view in Madison Square Park through September 8, Orly Genger’s Red, Yellow and Blue is an astounding yet whimsical feat of sculpture. Commissioned by Madison Square Art, Red, Yellow and Blue is constructed from 1.4 million feet of rope from repurposed lobster traps, crochet stitched into braids, covered with over 3,500 gallons of paint and stacked and twisted into over 100,000 pounds of colorful and continuous wave-like shapes.
Genger, 34, is known for pushing the limits of sculpture using rope and found materials. Her large-scale installations play with the language of the Minimalist, Post-Minimalist and Feminist art historical canon, often utilizing massive installations of repurposed materials. Past works have referenced Tony Smith, Donald Judd and Walter de Maria, and 2010’s Big Boss at Mass MoCA included 100 miles of red rope that suggested a play on abstract painting. Though executed in a vocabulary all her own, Genger’s Red, Yellow and Blue also recalls the monumental forms of Richard Serra and the pop textures of Claes Oldenburg. (more…)