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Whatever It Takes To Get It Made: A Conversation with Orly Genger
by Ana Finel Hongiman


For “Material World,” a group exhibition at MASS MoCA exploring how artists can create extraordinary environments out of ordinary things, Orly Genger knotted, stacked, and painted 100 miles of lobster rope to form a monumental sculpture that bursts through the architecture and falls into riotous spills with all the intensity of a parted red sea. Genger was born in New York City and studied at Brown University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is featured in various public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, Hood Museum, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, where her installation Whole occupied the entrance space in 2008. She has had solo exhibitions at Larissa Goldston Gallery and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and has participated in numerous group shows. While part of a general resurgence of handcraft in contemporary art, Genger’s labor-intensive sculptures and installations eschew modest dimensions in favor of bravado, force, and blatant muscularity.

Puzzlejuice (detail), 2006.
Nylon rope and paint, dimensions variable.

Photo: Courtesy Larissa Goldston Gallery

 


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