LigoranoReese: The American Dream
TBD, 2020 – August 16, 2020
In this immaterial age, ice is the perfect material for sculpting the impact of seemingly invisible, yet strongly felt forces that impact our worlds everyday.
The artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, who collaborate as LigoranoReese, embrace this idea, creating ice sculptures which they call “temporary monuments.”
In 2008, the duo unveiled large ice sculptures of the word Democracy at the political conventions in Denver and St. Paul. On the 79th anniversary of the Great Depression, they erected an ice sculpture of the word Economy in front of the New York State Supreme Court in Foley Square. And in 2012, they installed the word Middle Class at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions in Tampa and Charlotte, respectively.
Nora Ligorano explains, “Ice is a time-based material and brings to mind feelings of loss and decay as it erodes. It has an elegiac feel. If you think of these pieces as temporary monuments, and monuments are public artworks for people to contemplate, bringing truth to Washington gives people the opportunity to reflect on what we are losing, because truth is at the center of it.”
The artists document the melting away of their sculptures and the public’s interactions with them, creating still and moving images of broken words and pieces of letters to capture the sculptures’ slow disappearance. The ICA is pleased to present video documentation of Ligorano/Reese’s past temporary monuments in the ICA’s Focus Gallery.
Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese collaborate as LigoranoReese. Their artwork examines society through images and sound from print, television, internet, and radio. They have exhibited at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Biennial of Contemporary Art in Cartegena, Colombia, Catharine Clark Gallery, Kent Fine Art, Portland Art Museum, MIT MediaLab, Museum of Arts & Design, New York Public Library, and Lincoln Center. They have received funding from the Jerome Foundation, Puffin Foundation, NYFA, NYSCA, NEA, and been in residence at the MacDowell Colony, Montalvo Arts Center, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. They are represented by Catharine Clark Gallery.