534 West 26th St
Virginia Overton
March 1 - April 6, 2013

VIRGINIA OVERTON
Untitled (hot tub)
2013
Cast iron tub, coffee maker, vinyl tubing, limestone, brick
23 by 61 by 67 in.  58.4 by 154.9 by 170.2 cm.

VIRGINIA OVERTON
Untitled (Juniperus virginiana)
2013
Eastern red cedar
192 by 384 in.  487.7 by 975.4 cm.

VIRGINIA OVERTON
Untitled (Juniperus virginiana)
Alternate View
 

VIRGINIA OVERTON
Untitled (Juniperus virginiana)
Detail

534 West 26th St
Virginia Overton
March 1 - April 6, 2013

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to present our first solo exhibition of Virginia Overton, on view in the Chelsea gallery from March 1 – April 6, 2013. The exhibition will engage the gallery architecture using lumber from trees harvested from Overton’s family farm in Tennessee.

Overton has become known for her site-responsive installations and sculptures made with quotidian materials.  An ethos of ‘economy’ is an organizing principal in her work; Overton uses principles of simplicity and problem-solving familiar to DIY-ers, farmers and small-time inventors. Her go-to materials are those common in manual trades, as well as those she gathers around exhibition sites and ‘excavates’ from storage. She arranges these materials into phenomenological configurations; bending, pouring, balancing, leaning and ratcheting them into shape.

The range of ideas around work  seem to figure in any description of what she does, not just in the ubiquitous use of the term to describe art objects, but also in its meanings related to labor or physical strength. But the roughness that might be connoted by work, is always balanced in her art by levity and grace.

Virginia Overton was born in Tennessee and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has been included in exhibitions at MoMA PS1, SculptureCenter, and White Columns, New York; and White Flag Projects, St. Louis. Her solo shows have included those at The Kitchen, New York and The Power Station, Dallas, 2012; Freymond-Guth, Zürich, 2011; Dispatch, New York, and N.O. Gallery, Milan, 2010. She has been included in group shows at Blum and Poe, Los Angeles; James Cohan, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York; Air de Paris and Ile Seguin in Paris. She currently has a public sculpture on the High Line, New York through August 2013. Upcoming exhibitions include Empire State at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome this April, curated by Sir Norman Rosenthal and Alex Gartenfeld; and a solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland in August 2013.
 

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March 15, 2013
Art Info
Virginia Overton

Virginia Overton's two-piece show consists of the most suspect-looking hot tub since “Hot Tub Time Machine” — a tired drip coffee maker ineffectually filling a shabby bathtub — and the year's most transporting and best-smelling installation to date: A wall covered with odorous and richly colorful planks of cedar sourced from her family's Tennessee farm that, taken with the tub, makes for a romantic DIY portrayal of rural poverty in prime Chelsea. — Benjamin Sutton

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March 2013
The New Yorker
Goings on about Town

Entering the New York sculptor’s spare but strong installation, the smell hits you first—the sylvan aroma of the cedar planks that line the back wall. Then you hear gurgling. It sounds a bit like a brook, but it’s an electric coffeemaker, siphoning hot water from a glass pot into an old bathtub. 

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March 23, 2013
New York Times
Virginia Overton
By Roberta Smith

The latest solo show from the sculptor Virginia Overton is spare but satisfying as a sensory experience. “Untitled (juniperus virginiana)” the largest of only two pieces, works visually, then spatially and finally in terms of smell and touch. 
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March 19, 2013
GalleristNY
Virginia Overton
By Andrew Russeth

In a sense, Virginia Overton has filled every single inch of space at Mitchell-Innes & Nash for her sophomore outing there.

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