Since the mid-1990s, artist Megan Geckler has been focused on large-scale, site-specific artistic interventions. She experiments with off-the-shelf construction items, lifting them out of familiarity and recontextualizing them into a new environment via precise and layered form.
Geckler received her BFA from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania and her MFA from Claremont Graduate University in California. In 1999 she discovered flagging tape, a mass-produced product that is used to temporarily demarcate construction zones. Flagging tape has since become Geckler’s signature material. The versatility and translucency of the plastic ribbon lends itself to being layered and woven, which allows her to expand upon the rather limited palette of colors and reimagine this simple material as complex geometric artwork and architectural line drawings. In 2012 Geckler began working with hand-dyed ropes and cords, polished and coated metals, printed glass, sublimated dye on aluminum, and other durable permanent media.
Using math and physics, Geckler creates an immersive experience for viewers and invites them to reimagine spaces. Her installations have been exhibited in Australia and the United Kingdom and across the United States. In one of her most noted pieces, Geckler adorned the Human Rights Campaign offices in June 2017 with 49 larger-than-life ribbons, one for each of the lives lost at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. The piece was titled 49 and was covered by The Washington Post.
Geckler currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
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