Virginia Overton to Make Truck Sculpture for High Line

The artist. (Courtesy The L Mag)

The Brooklyn-based Virginia Overton will incorporate the Edison ParkFast near the High Line into a site-specific sculpture that, like some of her other works, involves a pick-up truck.

Full press release below:

New York, NY (August 23, 2012) – Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art is pleased to announce that Brooklyn-based artist Virginia Overton will transform a pickup truck into a site-specific sculpture installed in the Edison ParkFast stacked parking lot next to the High Line at West 20th Street. On view from Thursday, September 13, 2012 through Spring, 2013, Overton’s installation is part of HIGH LINE COMMISSIONS, a series of temporary, site-specific artworks that provide park visitors with a unique and enriching experience and introduce innovative works by contemporary artists to a broad audience.

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 will transform a pickup truck into a sculpture installed on the stacked parking next to the High Line at West 20th Street. 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 will serve as a plinth for the artist’s work. As with other High Line Art projects, the city becomes a pedestal for artist interventions, with its roofs, walls, and, in this case, a parking lot. Overton’s installation will be visible from different vantage points on and around the High Line. Visitors can see the work from above by standing at the top of the staircase attached to the High Line at West 20th Street; a view from the side of the installation by standing on the High Line; and a view from below by standing on the street.

“Virginia’s work has always engaged with the materials and experiences of urban life,” said Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art. “With this new project, Virginia will transform the High Line and the nearby parking lot into a pedestal for her sculpture, composing a temporary monument to American car culture and life in today’s metropolises.”

About 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.

About High Line Art
Presented by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art commissions and produces public art projects on and around the High Line. Founded in 2009, High Line Art presents a wide array of artwork including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs, and a series of billboard interventions. Curated by Cecilia Alemani, the Donald R. Mullen, Jr. Curator & Director of High Line Art, and produced by Friends of the High Line, High Line Art invites artists to think of creative ways to engage with the uniqueness of the architecture, history, and design of the High Line and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.

High Line Art is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art is made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr., with additional support from Vital Projects Fund, Inc. High Line Art is supported, 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. In kind support provided by Edison ParkFast.

About the High Line and Friends of the High Line
The High Line is an elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the non-profit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the transformation of the High Line at the rail yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.