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Lucy and Jorge Orta

Lucy + Jorge Orta, OrtaWater – Fluvial Intervention Unit, 2005

Food – Water – Life / Lucy + Jorge Orta

August 16 – December 6, 2014
Conversation and Reception will be held Saturday, October 25, 3-6pm

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The sculptures, drawings, installations and videos by this French wife-husband duo, Lucy+Jorge Orta, collectively explore major concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change and exchange among cultures. These models and machines constructed by the Ortas, suggest ways to purify, prepare and transport food and water, or launch a world-wide humanitarian effort. These humorous, jerrybuilt contraptions are poetic metaphors for these processes, and demonstrate the importance of art as a creative agent for awareness and change. This show is the first major traveling exhibition in the U.S. of the Ortas' work, and Ben Maltz Gallery its only West Coast venue. 

British-born Lucy and Argentine-born Jorge, both with individual art practices, have been working in partnership since 2005 as Lucy + Jorge Orta, creating, producing, and assembling their artworks and large installations together with a team of artists, designers, architects, and craftsmen.  They stage on-location workshops, ephemeral interventions, residencies and master classes which explore the crucial themes of the contemporary world: the community, autonomy, dwelling, migration, sustainable development, and recycling. 

The Ortas' work has been the focus of important survey exhibitions in major museums outside of the U.S., including the Barbican Art Gallery London, Modern Art Museum Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, Boijmans Museum Van Beuningen Rotterdam, Hangar Bicocca Milan as well as the Venice, Havana, and Johannesburg Biennales.

www.studio-orta.com


Food - Water - Life / Lucy + Jorge Orta is organized by Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, MA, and it is curated by Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox (c2 | curatorsquared). The exhibition at Ben Maltz Gallery is funded in part by the OTIS Board of Governors.

The 2011 Princeton Architectural Press book of the same title serves as the exhibition catalogue. It includes essays by Ellen Lupton, Zoe Ryan, and Ginger Gregg Duggan / Judith Hoos Fox. It may be purchased online from www.papress.com for $40; 192 pages; 300 color illustrations.