Reflecting the traditions of both hand made crafts and hand built structures, these monumental wall installations consist of countless yards of hand knotted, painted nautical rope. Existing on both the scale of the singular person creating them as well as the architectural, landscape scale, Orly Genger’s work finds a beautiful balance, an impressive feat.
The following is a quote directly from the artist about her current installation in Madison Square Park, Red, Yellow and Blue.
“For Madison Square Park I wanted to create a work that would impress in scale but still engage rather than intimidate. In context to my other installations, the rope used for Big Boss (2010) at MASS MoCA will comprise only 10% of the rope used for the project at Madison Square Park, allowing me to work at an unprecedented scale. The tradition of knitting carries the sharing of stories and the installation draws on that idea. The repurposed rope brings with it the stories of different locations and by knotting it, a space is created for the words and thoughts of viewers in New York City to complete the work, creating a silent dialogue that waves along.”