NURTUREart presents a solo exhibition and performance by Mary Kate Maher, a special presentation on the occasion of Bushwick Open Studios 2014.
The work in this exhibition focuses on formal combinations in which objects are positioned in coercive relationships with each other. One element supports the other suggesting a tentative but working foundation. Sculptures reference natural forms: rocks, chunks of marble and wood; base materials serving as surrogates, describing an underlying relationship of forms. Inlaid ovals of out-of-focus space become moments of visual vibration, resisting the definition of foreground or background, both animating and obscuring the surface on which they are placed.Things pretend to be alright, to be acceptable, to blend in. They do their best to accommodate each other. There is an intimacy in this: embracing and pulling back against a type of structural apathy.
In the concurring performance: Forced Posture, extension of the studio body a large, unwieldy object is moved from one location to another by hand and body alone. This act is similar to the manner in which the artist moves work in the studio. Propping and pushing, hoisting objects that are too heavy to lift by sheer might. Instead she uses her body as a simple machine. Her body becomes a lever, a pulley, a tripod, allowing the viewer to witness the awkward, vulnerable, Sisyphean moments usually hidden behind the studio walls.
The performance will be held on Sunday, June 1 at noon, and will take place between the artist’s studio and NURTUREart Gallery.