LOUISE BOURGEOIS TANYA BRAGANTI
DUNCAN MORIMOTO BROWN SUSAN COLLIS
JUDITH ORSECK KATZ SOMSARA RIELLY
“AS IF AN ENLARGED PAPER CLIP / COULD BE A PIECE
OF SCULPTURE. / (AND IT COULD.)” 1
—ANNE SEXTON, THE GOLD KEY
As mid-century poet Anne Sexton referenced Claes Oldenburg turning the mundane into spectacle, these six artists transmute introspection into the chimerical and palpable.
In Louise Bourgeois’ ‘Topiary’ series forms of nature are transformed into human figures — like an allegorical mermaid who sacrifices her fins for a lover — the question arises if Bourgeois’ protagonist is in fact liberated by humanity. Photojournalist Tanya Braganti’s gritty urban shadowscapes suggests a reflective subterranean world. ‘The Devil You Know’ by conceptual artist Susan Collis rigorously drafts negative space into a banal seductive drip. Duncan Morimoto Brown’s work synthesizes the ephemeral to temporalize the fleeting. His ‘Birthday’’still-life bittersweetly auscults the emergence of light in birth and death. Judith Orseck Katz’s interactive skeletal, amoebic porcelain sculptures function as vessels of fragile human memory. Lastly, Somsara Rielly’s colorful collages metamorphose the American mid-century ideal through an autobiographical female lens, within which, “things are rarely black and white. The gray area is a lot more interesting.”
ABOUT THE GALLERY:
We are committed to social justice dialogues and promoting historically underrepresented artists: Women; First Peoples; People of Color, and all contemporary artworld refugees. MACHAMUX builds a bullhorn for the ARTIST-AS-CITIZEN. The gallery’s name is inspired by the First Nation of MACHAMUX — aboriginal inhabitants of the area where the gallery now stands in Westport, Connecticut. MACHAMUX — according to lore — translates to ‘‘The Promised Land’’ A portion of each sale benefits a nature sanctuary next to the gallery. MACHAMUX is located in a converted 1954 suburban living room near the sea in Westport Connecticut — 44 miles from NYC — and on the internet.
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- Anne Sexton “The Gold Key” from “Transformations” 1971