in New York, NY / United States
04.04.2019 - 11.05.2019 00:00
Lucy + Jorge Orta - Potential Architecture

Jane Lombard Gallery is pleased to present Lucy + Jorge Orta’s exhibition “Potential Architecture”. Featuring work from their series “Derrame”, “Totipotent Architecture”, and “Cells [Diptych]”, including painting, sculpture, and works on paper. As an international duo, Lucy + Jorge Orta’s symbiotic practice examines social and ecological issues across the globe, this exhibition analyzes how the architectures of the human body and inorganic materials interact with internal and external structures.

Totipotent Architecture is aligned with Lucy + Jorge Orta’s emphasis on universal concerns surrounding shelter and security in their practice. A totipotent cell has an unlimited capability to create new life either organically or synthetically. Totipotent Architecture expands on the concept of body architecture, looking inwards at the cellular level. The Orta’s creative process stemmed from a fascination with cell biology and differentiation. Through drawing, modeling and glass blowing the artists transfigure the journey of expansion of the uni-cell. The cell creates new points of habituation, drawing from the architectonic potential of existing structures. The blown glass orbs exist in the delicate balance of their constructed homes.

The Ortas were fascinated by the molecular mechanisms of the conserved cytoskeletal process. They studied the cellular interaction in chromosome mis-sequencing, which produces intricate three-dimensional structures. Lucy and Jorge Orta depict these complex units in their “Cells [Diptych]” series; including a collection of watercolors and hand-blown glass sculptures offering a singular interpretation of the different stages mitosis and meiosis. The watercolor works on paper dissect the beauty and intricacy of the process and accompany the “Cell [Diptychs]”. Their individual shapes and density are an homage to the complexity of cells.

Gallery hours Tues-Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat 11 am – 6 pm


Jane Lombard Gallery
518 West 19th Street
New York, NY
United States


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