Blue McRight: Morandi’s Lawn

Project Room 1 Mar 5–May 14, 2005

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Mar 5–May 14, 2005





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Morandi’s Lawn, 2005, Installation view

In Morandi’s Lawn, Blue McRight illustrated her ecological and environmental concerns in an installation comprising 682 objects and 13 digital photographs. Each day for a year–from April 1, 2003 to April 1, 2004–McRight collected and arranged into a still life the recyclable glass, plastic, and metal containers that she and her husband generated in their household. She digitally photographed each still life and then dismantled it. Next, she painstakingly covered the containers with artificial turf and added them to an ever-expanding floor installation, which literally grew into a huge still life that imitated both topiary and natural lawn in color, texture, and scale. Although Morandi’s Lawn documented McRight’s own personal daily ritual, it addressed larger contemporary issues of consumerism and consumption, trash production, and recycling. The title of the piece alludes to the Italian artist Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964), who painted such simple household containers as vases, wine bottles, cups, and bowls, in an exquisite celebration of the everyday object. The installation therefore venerated and poked fun at the art-historical genre of still life, while also referencing landscape and garden design.