Tauba Auerbach’s installation, Quarry, at 820 Washington Street converts the future site of the Whitney Museum into a psychedelic marble quarry. All of the work trailers and storage containers on the site have been wrapped entirely in photos of marble, transforming them into monolithic blanks for potential sculptures, while a photo of a grey marble quarry has been placed on the small elevated building on the site. By elevating the image, “ground level” moves closer to the level of the highline, and the current lot becomes a site of mining raw materials from the earth before the museum begins building upwards. Around the perimeter of the site, Auerbach has created subtle moiré patterns by repurposing familiar construction materials like chain link fence and plastic safety meshing in vibrant colors. The resulting transformation highlights the dynamic activity taking place on the site and points towards its future use as a center for artistic expression.
Tauba Auerbach (b. 1981) is a New York based artist working in painting, photography, printmaking, and installation. Her work uses a variety of approaches to investigate language as a system of logic and the relationship between order and chance. Auerbach often creates objects that occupy various “conflicting” states, particularly 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional states raising the issue of fractional dimensionality and questioning cartesian spacial logic. Recent series like her “Static Photographs” and “Crumple Paintings” create elegant optical patterns while opening up the possibility for contemplating other dimensions. Auerbach was recently included in the Whitney’s 2010 Biennial. The downtown installation will be on view from now through August 29th.