Platform: Maya Lin

Installation view of the exhibition Platform: Maya Lin. Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York, July 4 to October 13, 2014. In foreground, three works in marble: Equator (2014), Latitude New York City (2013) and Arctic Circle (2013). On wall, Pin River—Sandy (2013), steel straight pins. Courtesy Pace Gallery, New York. Photo: Gary Mamay
Platform: Maya Lin
July 4, 2014 to October 13, 2014

How humans experience and impact the landscape is of primary concern to Maya Lin, one of the foremost artists of our time whose ecologically inspired works exist at the intersection of art, architecture, and environmental science. Using technological methods to study and visualize the natural world, Lin takes macro and micro views of the Earth—via sonar resonance scans, and aerial and satellite mapping devices—and translates that information into expressive sculptures, drawings, and sited installations.

This summer at the Parrish, Platform: Maya Lin will feature Lin’s Pin River – Sandy, a massive geographical installation depicting the boundaries of Hurricane Sandy’s flood plain, composed of thousands of straight pins, installed on the east wall of the Norman and Liliane Peck/Peter Jay Sharp Foundation Gallery. Three new recycled silver works, Accabonac Harbor, Georgica Pond and Mecox Bay, related to the location of the Museum on Long Island’s East End will be installed on the wall opposite Pin River—Sandy. Lin’s three marble sculptures, Arctic Circle, Latitude New York City, and Equator, representing the topographies at each of these positions on the globe, will be installed in concentric rings in the center of the Wassong Family Gallery at the entrance to the Museum. Through works of extraordinary beauty, Maya Lin reveals aspects of the natural world that are normally invisible to us and emphasizes the interconnectedness of all regions of the planet.

Maya Lin is one of the most important public artists of our time. Her acclaimed work encompasses large-scale environmental installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works, and memorials. Through sculpture and drawing, Lin merges rational order with notions of beauty. She has been the subject of solo exhibitions at museums worldwide, and has also created permanent outdoor installations for public and private collections from New York to New Zealand. Lin is currently at work on her final memorial, What is Missing?, a project that raises awareness about the crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss. Born in 1959 in Athens, Ohio, Lin graduated from Yale University and the Yale School of Architecture.

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Platform: Maya Lin is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation, Pace Gallery, New York, Linda Hackett/ CAL Foundation, Debra and Leon Black, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder.

Platform is the Museum’s ongoing series of artist-driven projects that embrace experimentation and unconventional approaches to exhibition and programming, exploring art making as a way of understanding the world and creating new information about how we live in it.