Last week to catch ‘Current’ at Laguna Gloria

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.

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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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