Virginia Overton (b.1971, Tennessee, United States) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She creates sculpture and installation re-purposing materials commonly associated with factories, farms and construction. By means of both subtle and drastic interventions, Overton re-contextualizes these ordinary objects, revealing their intrinsic properties which highlights the wear accrued by passing time. Many of her works are assembled with industrial materials that have been reconfigured to take the composition of naturalistic forms, such as the concrete shapes (originally purposed for tunnel construction) used to create the Untitled (tulip) sculpture in the 2022 La Biennale di Venezia. During Summer 2022, Overton installed a permanent sculpture installation at the Delta Terminal of the LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York.
Recent solo exhibitions include those at the Frist Art Museum, Nashville (2022); Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London (2022); Socrates Sculpture Park, New York (2018); Don River Valley Park, Totonto (2018); the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Arizona (2017); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut (2016); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2014); the Westphalian Art Association, Münster (2013) and the Kunsthalle Bern (2013). Recent group exhibitions include the Front Triennial, Cleveland (2018); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2017); and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2016).