465 W 23rd Street
NEW YORK—The Paula Cooper Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works on paper by Meg Webster. The exhibition will be on view at 465 West 23rd Street from March 20 through April 24, 2010.
Since the mid-1980’s, Meg Webster has developed a unique body of work rooted in Minimalism, Land Art and an abiding passion for ecological systems. Webster’s work brings nature and environment within the gallery, inspiring the viewer to consider the relationships between geometric and organic forms.
The exhibition will include new works on paper created through Webster’s use of natural materials. Webster coats square sheets of paper in different sizes with materials ranging from spices such as cinnamon, turmeric and cumin, to kitchen ingredients like chocolate and butter, to cement and soil to create monochromatic works. Absent of imagery, an essential aspect of Webster’s works on paper is the evidence of their making. The surfaces of these works are textured and fragrant; the viewer’s experience of them is immediate and direct.
A site-specific installation by Webster of 38 boulders and perennial plants will be unveiled later this spring at the Hudson River Park’s Pier 62 and 63, located on Manhattan’s west side between 24th Street and Chelsea Piers. The park areas were designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and feature a central upland area with a large green lawn “bowl” and formal gardens. Meg Webster’s work has been exhibited at the Solomon Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; the Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York; and the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, New York. Her sculpture and permanent outdoor installations may be found in collections throughout the United States.