FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION | VALERIE BACH GALLERY

FIRST SOLO EXHIBITION | VALERIE BACH GALLERY

07 November 2014 - 20 December 2014
2014 Valérie Bach Gallery, Brussels, Belgium, Solo Exhibition
Belgium

Lucy + Jorge Orta are pleased to announce their first solo exhibition at Valérie Bach Gallery in Brussels, from November 6 to December 20, 2014.

Following on from their major summer exhibition FOOD / WATER / LIFE, at the Parc de la Villette in Paris (May 21 to September 21, 2014), the Valérie Bach Gallery will present a collection of artworks spanning the two artists respective careers from 1980 to 2014. The works on show draw from the themes of ecology and social sustainability, and include coloured glass and cast aluminium vitrines and wall works from the series FoodEpicerie and Milk–, assemblage resin sculptures from the series Clouds, as well as two polychrome bronze sculptures from their new body of work Spirits.
Works from the artists archive Rosario 1972–1984, not previously exhibited will also be part of this important solo exhibition in Brussels.

Through the multiple facets of their practice, Lucy + Jorge Orta continue to question the role of the artist, seeking ways for art to play and active role in society, and more precisely, “catalyst art” that is able to blend with daily life and activate from within, to idealize each living gesture. For the Ortas, artists are not observers of the world, they are actively engaged with it, they are “operators of awareness”.

Private view on November 6, from 6 to 9pm, in the presence of the artists

GOETHE INSTITUTE I COLORS OF ANTARCTICA FLAG

GOETHE INSTITUTE I COLORS OF ANTARCTICA FLAG

31 October 2014 - 12 December 2014
Goethe Institute Barcelona, Group exhibition
Spain

A new step for the Antarctica body of work! Lucy + Jorge Orta have been commissioned to adorn the facade of the famous Goethe Institute in Barcelona, in the colors of their Antarctica Flag, for the group exhibition Goethe Dialogues. From October 30-December 12, 2014, seven immense flags, each eight metres high and two metres wide will be hoist on the front of this non-profit organization, that promotes German language and culture abroad.

The flag was created by the artists in 2007, as a result of a remarkable expedition to Antarctica supported by the End of the World Biennial in Ushuaia. Accompanied by their team and scientists stationed at the Marambio Antarctic Base, Lucy + Jorge Orta founded their ephemeral Antarctic Village and raised the first Antarctic Flag. This ongoing project, with world-wide ramifications, is a tribute to the Antarctic Treaty, which now counts 50 signatory nations who share common pacific aims: to preserve Antarctica for scientific research, to protect the environment, and to encourage international cooperation.

The 'métisse' flag represents a kaleidoscope of different nations, on which all identities coexist, side by side, hand in hand. The edges blend, symbolising belonging to a larger common identity. The flag of a new world community, to be raised as a supranational emblem of human rights.

FOOD WATER LIFE - West Coast, USA

FOOD WATER LIFE - West Coast, USA

25 October 2014 - 06 December 2014
Ben Maltz Gallery – Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, Solo exhibition, lectures and public conversation
USA

The Ben Maltz Gallery in Los Angeles presents Food Water Life Lucy + Jorge Orta's first major exhibition on the West Coast (August 16–December 6, 2014). The artists will be in the Los Angeles gallery to sign their book, which accompanies the exhibition, on Saturday October 25, 3-6pm.

The exhibition presents three bodies of work that span close to two decades of their collaborative work. Through sculptures, drawings, video and installations the artists explore major concerns that define the twenty-first century: biodiversity, environmental sustainability and climate change.

As heirs to the practice of social sculpture, formulated by the German artist and activist Joseph Beuys in the 1960s, the Orta’s works are relics of their own function—captivating assemblages such as the Mexican Kitchen, and the Fluvial Intervention Units are respectively, a platform for the preparation of food and mechanisms to purify water. Other sculptures, including the diptych video projection Antarctica were created for a 2007 expedition to the Antarctic that forms part of an effort to amend the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The featured works are metaphors-in-action, constructions that perform the tasks of which they are emblematic.

This exhibition, curated by curatorsquared and organized by Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA, tours to the Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, USA (February 5–May 7, 2015) and the London Museum, Ontario, Canada (August 29–December 6, 2015)

Key dates to meet the artists and the curators.

Tuesday October 21, 11:15am Public lecture Otis College of Art & Design, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, LA 90045
Thursday October 23, 10am Public lecture Otis Graduate Studios, 10455 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City 90230. Map

In conversation with curators Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox, followed by a book signing and reception
Saturday October 25, 3-6pm Ben Malz Gallery, 10455 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City 90230. Map

ESCAPADE TO ROTTERDAM’S BOIJMANS MUSEUM | THE FUTURE OF FASHION IS NOW

ESCAPADE TO ROTTERDAM’S BOIJMANS MUSEUM | THE FUTURE OF FASHION IS NOW

11 October 2014 - 11 January 2015
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Group exhibition
Netherlands

What will Fashion look like in the Future? Taking a critical view of the current fashion system and showing more than fifty innovative artworks at the cutting edge of art and fashion, the exhibition The Future of Fashion is Now proposes a unique vision of the future.

For this visionary exhibition held at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam from October 11 until January 11 2015, Lucy + Jorge Orta exhibit two flagship artworks that question codes of dress, and provide original interpretations of the cultural and sociological role of clothing.

As an emblem of Orta’s practice Nexus Type Opera.tion – from the Nexus Architecture body of work – emphasizes the notions of the social link or community bond. The work consists of groups of workers-overalls, inter-connected via a system of channels and zippers. The connecting elements of the installation are direct embodiments of the idea of social link a social sculpture, exhibited both within the museum setting or performed within the public sphere.

The short film Wandering, realized during a three-year long study of Roma gypsy communities across Europe, focuses on a dancer’s immense circular skirt that is aroused by the movements of traditional eastern-European gypsy melodies. Through the dynamic and poetical rhythms that blur the bellowing patterned motifs of the silk, Wandering evokes a shared aesthetic without barriers of time and space, deeply rooted in Roma communities.

Opening on October 11 from 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm

Nuit Blanche | Symphony for Absent Wildlife

Nuit Blanche | Symphony for Absent Wildlife

20 September 2014
Olympic & Municipal Plaza, Calgary, Live audio performance
Canada

For Calgary Nuit Blanche 2014, Lucy + Jorge Orta have been invited to create a majestic outdoor installation and performance in the Olympic Plaza. The artists have imagined a living monument for the late-night Canadian public art festival. Under the title Symphony for Absent Wildlife [Spirits of Alberta] the artists have created a true ode to wildlife, taking the form of a visual and audio installation, and which culminates in a major film in 2015.

In Symphony for Absent Wildlife, the stretcher-bed - an occurring metaphoric object in Orta’s practice - marks a pathway to woodland clearing, composed of weathered tree trunks sourced from local forests, an essential zone for the maintenance of forestry biodiversity. The path is raised above the ground by the means of simple wooden trestles, the kind constructed for chopping wood. In the clearing, we encounter a masked orchestra of Spirits.
Each musician dons a mask, in the form of a creature, and an iconic tailcoat tailored from reclaimed felt blankets, which bears the inscriptions of past warriors and homeless wanderers. These foreboding masked figures represent the spirits of the once abundant wildlife across the Albertan plains: bison, moose, wapiti, wolves, grizzly bears, and eagles.

On the evening of September 20 2014, the music stands illuminate a graphic score, the conductor guides the masked-animal musicians, and the performance commences. An amplified symphony of avian chatter - birdsong - resonates across the city. Man or beast?  Just simple hand crafted bird whistles that replicate the remarkable sounds of nature.

Symphony for Absent Wildlife brings a fragment of the disappearing natural environment, its sounds and the diversity of its fauna, closer to the city.

Nuit Blanche live performances from 7pm to 1am Map 
The Banff Centre, February 2015

STREET FOOD TEMPLE | URBAN ALTAR

STREET FOOD TEMPLE | URBAN ALTAR

19 September 2014 - 21 September 2014
Carreau du Temple, Paris, Monumental installation
France

For the inaugural street food festival in Paris Street Food Temple, Lucy + Jorge Orta’s new sculpture occupies the magnificently restored Carreau du Temple, a former covered market, in the heart of Paris. The monumental installation Urban Altar, is part of a weekend of street food festivities running from September 19 to 21, 2014.

Imagined as an ‘altar’ to street food, the installation consists of mountains of wooden food crates that ascend skyward, and topped with a sculpture recalling the golden calf, biblical symbol of idolatry. Each crate is covered with mirrors and photographs of street markets from around the world, documented ​​by the artists during their many travels. Urban Altar is an acknowledgement to world food, its diversity and cultural origins.

Food is a central theme of Lucy + Jorge Orta practice. Since 1996, the artists have been interested in the issues of production and consumption, especially the low cost policies that lead to the over-industrialization of food, at the expense of biodiversity, especially local cultures and street markets. Through the prism of public dinners 70 x 7 The Meal, kitchen sculptures and installations, the artist’s artworks question the different ways to help improve the international organization of food systems, in the interest of the people and the planet.

The festive three-day food event Street Food Temple is also an opportunity to discover or rediscover the new sculptures by Lucy + Jorge Orta at the Food / Water / Life exhibition at Parc de la Villette - in the park and Pavilion Paul Delouvrier - which ends September 21, 2014.

Carreau du Temple - 4 rue Eugène Spuller 75003, Paris. 

Le Havre Ville Monde

Le Havre Ville Monde

12 September 2014 - 08 November 2014
Le Havre, Le Portique and Tetris centres for contemporary art, Public installation, two solo exhbitions
France

Le Havre Ville Monde proposes an excursion across the city of Le Havre through the prisim of major public installation, and two exhbitions by Lucy + Jorge Orta. The Antarctica Flag marks an eyecatching avenue to the contemporary art centres of Tetris and Portique. This visual and symbolic presentation has been commissioned by the Positive Economy Forum 2014, which brings together leaders in the field of social and positive economy.

A monumental one-hundred Antarctica Flags adorn the facade of the City Hall, the Ocean Docks, the peak of Oscar Niemeyer's famous ‘Volcano’ and culminate at the Antarctica World Passport Bureau installed at the entrance of Portique, where vistors are issued with their Antarctica World Passport.

Also at Portique is an exclusive showing of works under the heading Rosario 1973-1984. This body of work, from the archives of Studio Orta includes, Tactile Poems, a Gama Mural, and a performance Chainsaw Concert, created by Jorge Orta in Argentina, during the dictatorial period. A rare opportunity to see work on display for the first time.

At Tetris, on view are the Spirits of Huveaune, minature sculptures and photographies surrounding the creation of five sculptures now installed permanently along the Huveaune valley, Marseille. The exhibition serves as a long-term platform to initiate the project Les Enfants du Havre, to be developed through collaborative workshops with local residents. 

Finally, for the 300 delegates gathered at the Positive Economy Forum, Lucy + Jorge Orta give a new instance to their ongoing work 70 x 7 The Meal. A dinner conceived as an installation, includes a Royal Limoges dinner service created for the occasion in collaboration with one of the last porcelain manufacturers in Europe.

Contact press : Victoire Birembaux

Important dates

  • Le Portique: Private view 12 Sept., 6.30pm. Performance Concert de Tronçonneuses 7.00pm. Exhibition 12 Sept. to 08 Nov. 2014
  • Le Tétris: Private view 13 Sept., 6.30pm. Exhibition 13 Sept. to 04 Oct. 2014
  • Le Havre: Private view 23 Sept., 6.30pm at Pasino Le Havre-Partouche
  • LHFORUM / Positive Economy Forum 2014: From 23 to 26 Sept. 2014
LENS ON LIFE

LENS ON LIFE

10 July 2014 - 28 August 2014
Federica Schiavo Gallery and MAXXI Museo delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Rome, Group exhibition & Symposium
Italy

We are pleased to announce the exhibition of Lucy + Jorge Orta’s new glass sculptures Cells, at the Federica Schiavo Gallery in Rome, created as a result of an ongoing dialogue with emminent mitosis scientist Tony Hyman.

Tony Hyman works on the molecular mechanism of conserved cytoskeletal processes in the Hyman Lab at the Max Plank Institute of Mollecular biology, he is also part of MitoSys (systems biology of mitosis), a FP7 European scientific research project. Hyman has been in dialogue with Lucy + Jorge Orta since 2013, discussing the transformations of the immensely complex structures of human cells. Reflecting on cellular communication growth, and working together with the glass masters at Berengo Studio in Murano, the artists represent the different stages of mitosis and meiosis. When the process of chromosome division goes wrong, it reeks havoc and leads to incredible, wild and complex three-dimensional structures.

Lucy + Jorge Ortas’ Cells Diptych will be display in Lens on Life, a fascinating exhibition curated by Professor Marina Wallace, which maps a number of dialogues between artists and scientists who portray, each in their own unique way, the fundamental mechanisms of human life – mitosis. The exhibition in Rome is the first of a series of three. Lens On Life will travel to the Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins in London (29 January to 29 February 2015), and Heidelberg University Museum (16 March to 28 April 2015).

An important part of the exhibition is the documentary Meetings of Minds, witnessing the various stages of the collaboration between the artists and scientists.

A symposium will be held at the MAXXI Museo delle Arti del XXI Secolo on the 10 July, followed by the screening of Meetings of Minds.

Book Release: Food / Water / Life

Book Release: Food / Water / Life

01 June 2014 - 21 September 2015
Parc de la Villette, Paul Delouvrier contemporary art pavilion and park grounds , Book release and exhibition
France

Hot off the press! Actes Sud has published Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food / Water / Life, a new monograph exploring some of the most salient themes in the artists’ work. The publication features contributions from several of France’s foremost thinkers on art and the environment: Catherine Larrère, Paul Ardenne, and Christophe Rioux. It also includes an in-depth interview with the artists and images of their recent work, commissioned for the exhibition at Parc de la Villette.

Food / Water / Life accompanies Lucy + Jorge Orta’s eponymous solo exhibition on view from May 21 – September 21, 2014. The show highlights seminal archival works and newly commissioned sculptures, poetic explorations that interrogate our daily habits of eating, drinking, and living. Visitors are invited to stroll the park’s expansive grounds to discover the artists’ diverse artworks, including a new series of Spirits inspired from children who frequent La Villette; an OrtaWater Purification Station purifying water from the Canal de l'Ourcq; and an Antarctica World Passport Bureau, where passers-by can receive a new edition of the Antarctica World Passport and become members of the growing Antarctica World Community. 

Food / Water / Life is available online and in bookstores around the world.

Battleships at Ullens Center of Contemporary Art

Battleships at Ullens Center of Contemporary Art

29 May 2014
Ullens Center of Contemporary Art, Performance
China

On May 29, 2014 Lucy + Jorge Orta inaugurated the symposium “Collective Subjectivity and Its Aesthetics in Light of Cultural Differences,” organized by the Collective Eye Symposium, at the Ullens Center of Contemporary Art in Beijing. The artists selected the three-day event to premier Battleships, a new performance exploring the potential of collective action to create a more just society.

Through the structure of “play” the performance looks at today’s fierce competition for control of the planet’s resources to ask vital questions about the earth’s future. What space is left for cooperation, solidarity, and the common good of humanity? Can reflection and collective action compensate for or balance individualistic ambitions? How does one define true victory, and who are the real losers in a globalized world?

The open-ended performance takes the form of the renowned board game Battleship to address strategic challenges of today's world. Several teams participate simultaneously and their objectives are represented by, among other things, natural resources, an aircraft carrier, nuclear power plants, mines, agricultural land, fisheries, technology, finance, and works of art. This first iteration of Battleships initiated the symposium’s agenda to set in motion a theoretical discourse on collectivity and its possibilities.

Solo Exhibition at Parc de la Villette, Paris

Solo Exhibition at Parc de la Villette, Paris

21 May 2014 - 21 September 2014
Parc de la Villette, Paul Delouvrier contemporary art pavilion and park grounds , Solo exhibition
France

Parc de la Villette in Paris inaugurates Lucy + Jorge Orta’s solo exhibition Food Water Life, an inspiring mixture of seminal archival works and newly commissioned sculptures spanning the Paul-Delouvrier contemporary art pavilion and park grounds.

This exhibition builds on Lucy + Jorge Orta’s examination of contemporary issues through poetic explorations that interrogate our daily habits of eating, drinking, and living. Visitors will be invited to stroll the park’s expansive grounds to discover the artists’ diverse artworks, including a new series of Spirits inspired by children who frequent La Villette; an OrtaWater Purification Station that will pump water from the Canal de l'Ourcq, through the park, and into the gallery to be purified; and an Antarctica World Passport Bureau, where passers-by can sign up to receive a new edition of the Antarctica World Passport and become members of the growing Antarctica World Community. 

FOOD WATER LIFE takes us on a journey toward imagining, sharing, and ultimately rendering possible a more just society.

Vernissage May 20, 2014 at 18h30
In the presence of the artists
RSVP: vernissage@villette.com

Metro/bus/tram: Porte de Pantin Map

 

Food Water Life | Johnson Museum of Art

Food Water Life | Johnson Museum of Art

25 January 2014 - 08 June 2014
Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Solo exhibition
USA

On January 25, the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University inaugurates the next chapter of Lucy + Jorge Orta’s exhibition Food Water Life. The show presents three projects that span close to two decades of collaborative work. Through sculpture, drawing, installation, and video the artists explore concerns that define the twenty-first century: biodiversity, environmental sustainability, climate change, and social economy.

As heirs to the practice of social sculpture, formulated by the German artist and activist Joseph Beuys in the 1960s, the Orta’s works are relics of their own function—captivating assemblages such as the Processing Units and the Purification Factory are, respectively, a platform for the preparation of food and a mechanism to purify water. Other elements, created for a 2007 expedition to Antarctica, form part of an effort to amend the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The featured works are metaphors-in-action, constructions that perform the tasks of which they are emblematic.

This exhibition, which is curated by curatorsquared, originated at Tufts University Gallery and tours to the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles (August 16 – December 7 2014) and the Richard E. Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle (February 5 – May 7, 2015). 

A Perfect Holiday Gift : Antarctica World Passport now available on Amazon

A Perfect Holiday Gift : Antarctica World Passport now available on Amazon

20 December 2013
Studio Orta Amazon shop , Publication
Worldwide

For the very first time Lucy + Jorge Orta’s Antarctica World Passport is available to acquire online.

The Antarctica World Passport is a precious, editioned artwork by Lucy + Jorge Orta to mobilize citizens of the world to protect the Antarctic. By obtaining this facsimile travel document one agrees to fulfill the promises of the Antarctica World Community by taking action against global warming and striving for peace. The project is not for profit and the minimal fee goes toward administration costs. 

The release of Antarctica World Passport online coincides with the launch of the brand new Studio Orta shop on Amazon. Here you will find the chance to purchase rare and hard to find books on Lucy + Jorge Orta. Consider offering one of these special publications for the holidays!

Glasstress: White Light / White Heat comes to London

Glasstress: White Light / White Heat comes to London

01 December 2013 - 22 February 2014
Fashion Space Gallery London, Group exhibition
UK

In a unique collaboration between Berengo Studio, Venice Projects, London College of Fashion, and The Wallace Collection, Glasstress: White Light | White Heat presents newly commissioned work from some of today’s most important contemporary artists, many working in glass for the first time. 

Lucy + Jorge Orta’s Amazonia Tree of Life, commissioned for the Venice venue of this traveling exhibition, are blossoms of handcrafted glass flowers, grafted onto branches from a Mediterranean olive tree, extending outward from the trunk. Amazonia Tree of Life follows the trajectory of Lucy + Jorge Orta’s ongoing Perpetual Amazonia project. During their 2009 expedition to the Peruvian Amazon the artists photographed hundreds of rainforest plant species, creating a personalized collection of florilegium they continue to add to during their travels across the world. These florae have since been transformed into large format photographs, drawings, handcrafted couture works, and porcelain objects. The latest interpretations in glass have been blown by the master craftsman Danilo Zanella at Berengo Studio.

As its title intimates, Glasstress: White Light | White Heat deals with light and heat, intrinsic aspects of glass and its working. Glass is born from the creative and destructive force of fire, which transforms the basic chemical elements into a viscous fluid. The result is a malleable matter with a chaotic, molecular structure providing light with a limitless variety of surfaces, colors, transparencies, and reflections.

The London exhibition is showing across the Fashion Space Gallery and The Wallace Collection.

Spirits of the Huveaune | Aux Commandes ! Les Nouveaux Commanditaires ou comment faire société avec l'art

Spirits of the Huveaune | Aux Commandes ! Les Nouveaux Commanditaires ou comment faire société avec l'art

30 November 2013 - 26 January 2014
Château de Tours, Group exhibition
France

Aux Commandes ! is an exhibition featuring eight recent commissions by the Fondation de France initiative Nouveaux Commanditaires (New Patrons). In the last twenty years New Patrons has enabled the production of more than 400 works across Europe. The emblematic artworks selected for this exhibition at Châteu de Tours reveal the ways in which citizens and artists can engage in territorial development to define their living and work spaces. The exhibition captures the diversity of political issues to which our society responds, the range of artwork commissions seeking to address them, and the pertinence of these artistic proposals to effect change.

Lucy + Jorge Orta present a miniature version of Spirits of the Huveaune, a scale replica of the five permanent figurative sculptures that were installed over a two-year period along the Huveaune valley and inaugurated for Marseille Cultural Capital 2013. Known locally as the Chemin des Fées, the five Spirit sculptures map the presence of the Huveaune, a coastal river in eastern Provence that originates in the massif of Sainte Baume and flows into the Mediterranean Sea at Marseille.

The five Spirits of the Huveaune: Spirit of the source – Marie, Martellières, Saint-Zacharie Spirit of the bridge – Ubelka, Moulin Saint-Claude, Auriol Spirit of the river banks – Manon, Îlot des Berges Park, Aubagne Spirit of the old mill – Gyptis, Parc du vieux Moulin Spirit of the lake – Ophelia, Parc Borély

Spirits of the Huveaune was commissioned by the association Rives & Cultures and mediated by the Bureau des Compétences et Désirs, Sylvie Amar and Anastassia Makridou-Bretonneau.

Antarctica World Passport Bureau | Self Unself

Antarctica World Passport Bureau | Self Unself

10 October 2013 - 17 November 2013
Van Abbemuseum, Eindoven, Group exhibition
The Netherlands

Self Unself at Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven is a group exhibition highlighting differences in how artists and designers work within the world. The show focuses on the practices of artists who, over the last thirty years, have actively engaged with real world conditions and explores the capacity of art to have effect in the world rather than to remain in the realms of representation. Self Unself reflects on an art practice that imagines, creates and implements socially beneficial outcomes that redefine the understanding of autonomy in terms of a critical and engaged relationship to society.

Former head of the Social Design master's research program, alias Man & Humanity Master, Lucy Orta returns to Eindhoven to present Antarctica World Passport Bureau, an installation that engages audiences to take action against global warming. Antarctica’s unique geopolitics and extreme weather offer conditions that advance the quest for freedom of research and international cooperation, a place where it’s possible to share common pacific aims for the good of the whole planet. Lucy + Jorge Orta invited the 15,000 museum visitors to join the online passport community dedicated to protect the Antarctic and, in so doing, to become citizens of the world. Get your passport now!

Self Unself was a collaboration between Design Academy Eindhoven and Van Abbemuseum. The exhibition was organized in conjunction with Dutch Design Week 2013. 

Photograph Peter Cox courtesy of Van Abbemuseum

Book launch: Potential Architecture

Book launch: Potential Architecture

09 October 2013 - 01 December 2013
TheGallery, University Arts Bournemouth, Book launch and exhibition
UK

On October 17 Arts University Bournemouth launches the new book Lucy + Jorge Orta: Potential Architecture. This monograph delves into Lucy + Jorge Orta’s recent architectural endeavors that derive from their fascination with cell biology and the process of cell differentiation. It traces the fruit of the artists’ research on new organic and modular architecture as a result of their collaboration with the Greenham partnership and other communities across Europe. Through drawings and sculpture, the artists conceptualize the communication process the human cell undertakes from its embryonic state and the infinite transformations that lead to defined structural organisms.

The release of this new publication coincides with the exhibition Lucy + Jorge Orta: Potential Architecture curated by Simon Beeson at TheGallery, Arts University Bournemouth. The exhibition brings together sculptures, drawings, and models created by the artist since the inception of Totipotent Architecture in 2002. This series marked a shift away from the body and transient shelters to more permanent proposals for sculpture and interventions in urban space.

Simon Beeson in conversation with Lucy Orta: 5pm-6pm, followed by drinks reception: 6pm-7pm, TheGallery. Exhibition on view until December 1, 2013

What We Sow: 70 x 7 The Meal, act XXXIV

What We Sow: 70 x 7 The Meal, act XXXIV

05 October 2013
Independence National Historical Park, Philadelphia, Public artwork
USA

To mark its 30th anniversary Mural Arts Philadelphia has invited Lucy + Jorge Orta to create the seminal project What We Sow, which expands on the social and civic foundation of the mural tradition by addressing the relationship among local communities, regional ecologies, global economies, and the politics of food production.

On October 5, 2013, to conclude an engaging schedule of community programs, Orta will stage 70 x 7 The Meal, act XXXIV, gathering thousands of people around a meal for dinner. The table, set with a newly commissioned edition of Royal Limoges porcelain plates and a table runner adorned with original drawings by the artists, will span Independence National Historical Park. Among its many historical treasures this park is home to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution was debated and adopted in the late 18th century.

70 x 7 The Meal, act XXXIV will gather over a thousand guests around a communal table as well as simultaneous dinners across the city to engage diverse communities in conversation surrounding the issue of heirloom foods and their role in creating access to a healthier food system. The meal will feature a menu of heirloom produce created by Philadelphia’s star Chef Marc Vetri. Invitations to the 70 x 7 The Meal were awarded by lottery, offering equal chance for those from the Philadelphia community to not only take a seat at the table, but to find a voice in the discussion.

Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art

Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art

21 September 2013 - 20 November 2013
Zhejiang Art Museum, Installation & Commission
China

The first ever Hangzhou Triennial of Fiber Art features two pivotal works by Lucy + Jorge Orta: a new, specially commissioned iteration of Nexus Architecture and the very first exposition of Connector Mobile Village in its entirety. 

Nexus Architecture is regarded as an emblem of Orta’s practice. This body of work, which is both an installation and performative, is comprised of groups of workers-overalls, interconnected via a system of channels and zippers called the ‘Nexus’, meaning link or bond. A Nexus Architecture intervention, with the participation of fifty performers, was staged on site in Hangzhou and filmed for a forthcoming new video. For the duration of the Triennial, an installation of the specially commissioned Nexus overalls will be on display at the Zhejiang Art Museum.

For the very first time Lucy + Jorge Orta’s Connector Mobile Village will be on view in its entirety, filling the striking entrance of the Zhejiang Art Museum. This monumental installation is the culmination of many years of work creating a vast system of modular architectures that adapt according to the needs of an individual or group. Each unit can be interconnected to form manifold complex structures capable of serving larger numbers of people and performing different residential, educational and social functions. The nature of these structures allows each individual to exert the freedom of choice by connecting to or disconnecting from the sequence at will.

Lucy + Jorge Orta

Lucy + Jorge Orta

20 July 2013 - 03 November 2013
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Solo exhibition
UK

On July 20, 2013 a presentation of new and recent work by Lucy + Jorge Orta opens at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Located in YSP’s Longside Gallery and on the park grounds, this important exhibition revolves around the theme of water, central to Orta’s practice. Alongside archival works the artists launch two major new commissions: Raft of the Medusa and Spirits of the Huveaune - Ubelka.

Raft of the Medusa, a centerpiece of the exhibition, is inspired by Théodore Géricault’s 1818-19 shipwreck painting Le Radeau de la Méduse. Constructed in the form of a radeau de fortune, this unusual patchwork assemblage of driftwood, lacquered glass, oil drums, giant oars and a ‘cloud’ roof resembles a large raft out of which juts an imposing ladder-cum-mast. The sculpture is laden with allusions to water’s contradictory power to save or destroy and to current international migration and the journeys many are forced to take in search of refuge.

Also unveiled is Ubelka, a larger than life female figure cast in bronze belonging to Orta’s ongoing Spirits series. Weaving a link between past and present, Spirits refers to the universal water cycle and its poetic representation through myth and legend surrounding the history of Marseille’s Huveaune river, along which five earlier works now permanently reside. Ubelka is the mother goddess of water, the maternal figure from whom the river takes its original name. Ubelka at YSP is generously enabled by Pangolin Editions.

Orta have designed two limited edition plates exclusively for YSP to coincide with the exhibition. Both designs draw from Orta’s series 70x7 The Meal bringing people together ad infinitum around the ritual of eating. Made in Royal Limoges porcelain with a four-color enamel process, including platinum silver accents, the plates feature the artists’ drawings and are signed and numbered on the reverse. Both are in an edition of 50 and available for the special exhibition price of £160, with presentation box. Please see here for further details.

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