A house ablaze with red and white paint rises from the sand dunes of New York’s Fort Tilden beach, its colors spilling out onto the surrounding ground. Rockaway!, the German artist Katharina Grosse’s latest installation, features her signature spray-paint technique on a condemned building.
It took seven days to complete the project, with Grosse layering three different red paints on top of a white base coat – allowing the white to reflect the sky and bounce back light while the red confronts the viewer. ‘I wanted a very artificial color in relationship to the nature, the water and the sand,’ says Grosse. ‘Red felt the most visual and hostile, even.’
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Rockaway! is part of MoMA PS1’s programming in Rockaway, New York, which aids the ongoing recovery of the area after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1 and chief curator-at-large at the MoMA, commissioned Grosse for this summer’s program after seeing her work for Prospect.1 in New Orleans, where she had painted an abandoned house in the Ninth Ward.