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Samuel Freeman is plea sed to announce Quench\, a solo exhibition of new work by Blue McRight.  This is the artist’s 7th solo exhi bition with the gallery\, dating back to its beginnings as Asher/Faure\, an d her first at the gallery’s new location.  The installation will combine m ixed media sculpture with small paintings and drawings.

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The elements of this exhibition take water and its historically rich arc of mythologies\, r ituals\, economies\, and fears as a primary source of exploration.  At the center of the installation is a colony of all-black\, intricately threaded objects that forcibly bind collected natural ephemera (trees\, branches\, d riftwood) with various hardwares of water distribution (vintage sprinklers\ , hoses\, nozzles).   Whether referencing totemic objects of fetish and rit ual or presaging future decayed archeological artifacts\, these new hybrid objects—both seamless and preternaturally awkward—join disparate elements i nto rare sculptural combines that alluringly invoke both humor and the subl ime.

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Continuing her ongoing psycho-cultural narrative\, McRight’s newest iteration of works on paper draws upon the seafaring archetypes of siren a nd mermaid.   Casually dressed in a fitted orange sheath dress and clearly bipedal\, McRight’s mermaid-like figure is depicted in physical and psychol ogical isolation\, amidst\, within\, and of the water.  Whether spewing wat er like a hose\, hovering above the ocean\, or calmly napping on a couch ou t to sea\, the uncannily painted scenes and their solitary protagonist pres ent a visual essay\, of sorts\, on the siren’s dilemma—caught between the b inaries of culture-nature\, power-compassion\, and resignation-desire.

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DTEND:20130223 DTSTAMP:20140918T062021 DTSTART:20130112 GEO:34.033969;-118.377335 LOCATION:Samuel Freeman\,2639 South La Cienega Blvd. \nLos Angeles\, CA 900 34 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Quench\, Blue McRight UID:252512 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130112T200000 DTSTAMP:20140918T062021 DTSTART:20130112T180000 GEO:34.033969;-118.377335 LOCATION:Samuel Freeman\,2639 South La Cienega Blvd. \nLos Angeles\, CA 900 34 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Quench\, Blue McRight UID:252513 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR