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Tatiana Trouvé

Studies for Desire Lines

March 3–April 25, 2015
Park & 75, New York

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Works Exhibited

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2014 Ink on canvas, cotton, paper, 78 11/16 × 27 ⅝ inches (200 × 70 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Florian Kleinefenn

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2014

Ink on canvas, cotton, paper, 78 11/16 × 27 ⅝ inches (200 × 70 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Florian Kleinefenn

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2014 (detail) Ink on canvas, cotton, paper, 78 11/16 × 27 ⅝ inches (200 × 70 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Florian Kleinefenn

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2014 (detail)

Ink on canvas, cotton, paper, 78 11/16 × 27 ⅝ inches (200 × 70 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Florian Kleinefenn

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2014 (view 1) Metal, paint, wood, ink, oil, and rope, 28 ¾ × 80 ¾ × 41 ½ inches (73 × 205.1 × 105.4 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2014 (view 1)

Metal, paint, wood, ink, oil, and rope, 28 ¾ × 80 ¾ × 41 ½ inches (73 × 205.1 × 105.4 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2014 (view 2) Metal, paint, wood, ink, oil, and rope, 28 ¾ × 80 ¾ × 41 ½ inches (73 × 205.1 × 105.4 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2014 (view 2)

Metal, paint, wood, ink, oil, and rope, 28 ¾ × 80 ¾ × 41 ½ inches (73 × 205.1 × 105.4 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2012 Pencil on tracing paper, copper, tin, and tape, 24 × 13 ⅜ inches (61 × 37 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2012

Pencil on tracing paper, copper, tin, and tape, 24 × 13 ⅜ inches (61 × 37 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Desire Lines, 2012 Metal, copper, cardboard, plastic, and rope, 16 ⅛ × 24 3/16 × 5 ⅞ inches (41 × 61.5 × 15 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Desire Lines, 2012

Metal, copper, cardboard, plastic, and rope, 16 ⅛ × 24 3/16 × 5 ⅞ inches (41 × 61.5 × 15 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2012 Ink on paper, nylon, and cotton, 24 × 14 9/16 inches (61 × 37 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Untitled, 2012

Ink on paper, nylon, and cotton, 24 × 14 9/16 inches (61 × 37 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Desire Lines, 2012 (view 1) Metal, cardboard, plastic, and rope, 7 ½ × 13 ¾ × 12 ⅝ inches (19 × 35 × 32 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Desire Lines, 2012 (view 1)

Metal, cardboard, plastic, and rope, 7 ½ × 13 ¾ × 12 ⅝ inches (19 × 35 × 32 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Desire Lines, 2012 (view 2) Metal, cardboard, plastic, and rope, 7 ½ × 13 ¾ × 12 ⅝ inches (19 × 35 × 32 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Desire Lines, 2012 (view 2)

Metal, cardboard, plastic, and rope, 7 ½ × 13 ¾ × 12 ⅝ inches (19 × 35 × 32 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Desire Lines, 2012 Metal, copper, cardboard, plastic, and rope, 18 ⅛ × 24 3/16 × 5 ⅞ inches (41 × 61.5 × 15 cm)© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

Tatiana Trouvé, Desire Lines, 2012

Metal, copper, cardboard, plastic, and rope, 18 ⅛ × 24 3/16 × 5 ⅞ inches (41 × 61.5 × 15 cm)
© Tatiana Trouvé, photo by Laurent Edeline

About

Gagosian New York is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent work by Tatiana Trouvé closely related to and concurrent with her major Public Art Fund commission Desire Lines, which opens to the public on March 3 at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park. Notes, drawings, tracings, sculptural fragments, and a detailed model of the large-scale sculpture provide a fascinating insight into the artist at work.

Desire Lines speaks not only to Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision of planned wilderness for Central Park and its evolution—the term itself is used in urban design to describe the incidental tracks and alternative routes that emerge over time in relation to designated paths in a landscape—but also to the imagination of the thousands of people who enjoy the park daily.

Desire Lines is a physical inventory of 212 walkable routes in Central Park, which Trouvé mapped and measured. Consistent with her enigma-producing strategy of exposing only to conceal again—already evident in the Bureau of Implicit Activities (1997–present)—she transferred the measurements into a multitude of colored cords, wound on wooden spools and installed on huge metal racks to form an imposing sculptural environment.

As so many of the paths are unnamed, Trouvé then decided to invent an imaginative “atlas” of the history and culture of walking. And so began a second phase of research on the vast historical narrative to which Desire Lines is now dedicated: the social, political and cultural evolution of the march, from the mass activism of Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and the suffragette movement to the diverse artistic gestures of Richard Long, Janet Cardiff/George Bures Miller, Francis Alÿs, Frank Zappa, and Charles Baudelaire. Visitors to Desire Lines can choose a path by name then undertake the walk it describes, tracing the march of history in collective memory while discovering Central Park anew.

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