Since the 1960s, Lynda Benglis has employed a variety of materials including beeswax, latex, vaporized metals and ceramic to explore the physicality of form. She has worked as a sculptor, painter, and filmmaker in pursuit of a codified duality, seeking to expose the process of creation in its realization of finality. Her work is fluid, yet inert; organic, yet fabricated; sensual, yet rigid. The work invokes a corporeal reckoning within the viewer, exposing the preconceived constructs that exist within us.
Now, see Lydia Benglis’s latest worked at Elephant Necklace, an exhibit hosted by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Don’t miss it this Friday!
Benglis’s Elephant Necklace series is a body of hand-wrought, glazed ceramic curls that the artist correlates with the blown-out tires of tractor-trailer transports strewn on the sides of countless American highways. “Elephant Necklaces are artifacts that I imagine as extrusions of life,” she says. “They could be described as fragments from mammoths’ trunks of ancient times. Or perhaps they resemble strange umbilical cords cut after the expulsion from the Garden of Eden.”
The series evokes the biological remnants of a mysterious past with the tactile familiarity of a modern freeway. We perceive the work in stasis while it exudes movement, as we comprehend ourselves as single bodies while our infinite cells flow and change. This duality permeates the Elephant Necklace series in its suspension of fluidity, the immediateness of an imagined origin and elegance in hewn form.
Benglis’s Elephant Necklace series will be on display at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art through January 19, 2020. Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art.
Check out Elephant Necklace in its entirety at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Friday, November 29th! General admission is $13.50 for adults. For more information, please call (504) 539-9650 or visit www.ogdenmuseum.org.
At Brookstone Park Apartments in Covington, Louisiana, it is important to us that our residents have a well-balanced social life while residing in our community. You can take a break from your normal day-to-day when you attend this event!
Friday, November 29, 2019—10:00 AM
Event Venue Location:
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130