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Virginia Overton
Untitled

September 13, 2012 – August 8, 2013
Edison ParkFast stacked parking lot, West 20th Street at 10th Avenue

Virginia Overton is known for sculptures and installations that incorporate raw materials, found objects, and often reused and recycled elements. Based on simple gestures, her work calls attention to the inexorable demands of scale and gravity in its attempts to fit into the surrounding environment. Pickup trucks have always played an important role in Overton’s work. The artist has frequently used trucks by turning them into platforms for artistic creativity including photographing trucks loaded with various found objects in their beds.

For the High Line, Overton transforms her own pickup truck into a sculpture installed on the stacked parking next to the High Line. The stacked parking is one of the sites next to the High Line that attracts the curiosity and amusement of passers-by for its unusual structure, and now it serves as a plinth for the artist’s work. By completely filling the bed of the truck with bricks, Overton references the now closed-off passageways on the High Line, which originally allowed trains to pass through the upper floors of warehouses and factories to drop off goods. Unable to transport goods itself, the pickup truck pays tribute to the history of the High Line and becomes a temporary monument to American car culture and life in today’s metropolises.

Photos by Austin Kennedy.

Virginia Overton

Virginia Overton (b. 1971, Tennessee) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Major solo exhibitions include The Kitchen, New York (2012); The Power Station, Dallas (2012); Freymond-Guth, Zurich (2011); Dispatch, New York (2010) and N.O. Gallery, Milan (2010). Select group exhibitions include Glee, Blum and Poe, Los Angeles (2011); Bridgehampton Biennial, New York (2011);Impossible Vacation, White Flag Projects, St. Louis (2011); White Columns Annual, White Columns, New York (2010); Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York (2010); and In Practice Projects, Sculpture Center, New York (2009). Overton is represented by Freymond-Guth in Zurich and Mitchell-Innes and Nash in New York, where she will have her first solo exhibition with the gallery in March 2013.

Support

High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is supported by Vital Projects Fund, Inc., and, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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