Sightings: Nathan Mabry
Nasher Sculpture Center
April 12 through July 7, 2013
Mabry’s work is inspired by a wide range of sources including archaeology, ethnology, Dada and Surrealism. Mabry crashes (his word, not ours) different aesthetics into one work. The sculptures are poignant, humorous, critical and admiring.
“Nathan Mabry’s deft collisions of strikingly disparate sources can be read as meditations on the complex lineage of modernism,” notes Nasher Director Jeremy Strick. “His Sightings exhibition draws out surprising threads and links within the Nasher Collection and the design of our outdoor galleries.”
Mabry will create an new sculpture for Sightings. The sculpture, slated for the outdoor terrace, will be based on an ancient terracotta Jalisco figure from the museum’s collection. The new work will continue the artist’s line of juxtaposed ideas.
Sightings: Nathan Mabry will also feature Process Art (B-E-A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E), which has never been shown in the United States. This work will be outside on the steps of the terrace garden. Process Art is a group of six bronze figures (see image above).
Sightings: Nathan Mabry runs through July 7, 2013.
Nathan Mabry was born in Colorado in 1978. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mabry’s works are in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla.