Last week to catch ‘Current’ at Laguna Gloria

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Last week to catch ‘Current’ at Laguna Gloria

Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 17, 2014

Editor’s note: This article was originally published August 17, 2014

It’s the last week to see Orly Genger’s site-specific installation “Current” at Laguna Gloria.

Made from thousands of feet of hand-knotted reclaimed lobster rope, “Current” tumbles in massive wave-like undulations down the amphitheater at Laguna Gloria.

At the shore, one rope wave continues its downward-flowing journey, jutting out like a stream of lava onto a wooden barge-like platform right to the edge of the lagoon.

As she has in previous knotted-rope installation, Genger used recycled lobster rope that she purchased from fishermen — a deliberate gesture containing both economic and social purpose.

She weaves, crochets and knots the braided rope — an unforgiving, hard-to-wrangle material — into organic forms, teasing out sensuous shapes that are at once very painterly and also thoroughly muscular.

Genger succeeds in subtly combining techniques that suggest women’s traditional handiwork with the enormous scale of artwork favored by so many post-war male artists.

“Orly Genger: Current”

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 24

Contemporary Austin, Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. www.thecontemporaryaustin.org

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