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Marie Lorenz
March 4 - 26, 2016
Opening Reception: First Friday, March 4th, 6-10PM
Artist's Reception: Friday, March 11th, 6-8PM

Grizzly Grizzly is excited to announce our March exhibition ‘Derelict’ featuring Marie Lorenz. This much anticipated solo show features new sculptural and video work by Lorenz.  Although based in Brooklyn, the artist’s itinerant practice forefronts travel in an on-going investigation of place.  Her latest series features new work created while on residency in Texas.

Known for her work exploring waterways – through hand-built boats, a tidal taxi service, and beachcombing – Marie Lorenz casts a fresh eye on the small changes in our perceived environment.  Poetically arranged and cherished, piece of debris transform into markers of time and keepers of secrets.  She says of her work: This kind of observation creates something new out of something familiar. My boat projects are an attempt to un-know the metropolis by continually exploring it.”

Marie Lorenz received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in 1995 and an M.F.A. from Yale in 2002. She has received grants from Artists Space, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Harpo Foundation, and the Alice Kimball English Travel Fellowship. Her work has been shown at High Desert Test Sites in Joshua Tree, California and at Artists Space, and Jack Hanley Gallery in New York and she has also completed solo projects at Ikon in Birmingham, England and Artpace in San Antonio, Texas. In 2008 she was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize for the American Academy in Rome. She began her project ‘The Tide and Current Taxi’, a performance in the New York Harbor in 2005 which is still in progress.

    Visit Speak Speak to read: 'Derelict: A Conversation Between Marie Lorenz and Sean FitzGerald'
    Installation View: 'flotsam'

Since 2005, the artist Marie Lorenz has been operating the Tide and Current Taxi, a rowboat water taxi in New York Harbor. Carefully planning each trip to coincide with strong tidal currents in the harbor, Lorenz documented the journeys through stories and photographs.  ‘Derelict’ at Grizzly Grizzly makes tangible several facets of the on-going project.  She describes the pieces in the exhibition below.


“The mobile is made from things that I use out in the boat, the actual ropes, ores, and paddles, but also stuff that I find in the New York Harbor. Operating the Tide and Current Taxi over the past 10 years has increased my interested in debris and pollution. There is all this material out there being carried around by the tide that I interact with. Those materials are like my collaborators or my copilots. Making the mobile made me very aware of the weight and balance of the objects, the same way that floating makes me aware, it was disorienting in the same way. In maritime law, the word flotsam refers to floating wreckage (as opposed to parts of a ship that have drifted to the bottom of the sea)."

    Marie Lorenz, 'flotsam'
    Detail: 'derelict'
    “For the wall paper, I printed the planks of a boat during my building and design process. I make a new boat for for the Tide and Current Taxi every couple years, designing something that meets changing conditions on the East River. I always think that the boat planks look more interesting before I put them together, like sound waves or parentheses. In maritime law, the word 'derelict' refers to something at the bottom of the ocean, or a drifting ship.“
    Installation View
    Exhibition Installation view 'Derelict' Marie Lorenz, March 2016
    Visit Speak Speak to read: 'Derelict: A Conversation Between Marie Lorenz and Sean FitzGerald'
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