70 x 7 The Meal act XXXII, 2011. Table set for 300, with silk-screened table runner, Royal Limoges porcelain plates, helium-filled balloons, seeds, and messages, view of work at MAXXI, Rome.

Art at the Table: Lucy & Jorge Orta

Lucy + Jorge Orta’s work is situated at the intersection of performance art and object-making, where symbol conflates with tool and relational aesthetics merges with physical forms. Their earliest concerns continue into the present, with additional issues layered over initial areas of investigation, resulting in a rich harmonic practice that addresses the conditions that define our existence—the availability of food and clean water, the sustainability of the biosphere, and the extension of basic human rights across the globe. Lucy recently wrote, “How can art practice pave a new role, faced with the growing problems in this world? How can it erase the contradictions between formal aesthetics and social function? How can works of art empower and nurture constructive dialogue? What contribution can we as artists make to human and environmental sustainability?”…see the entire article in the print version of July/August’s Sculpture magazine.