Cherry and Martin presents the highly anticipated solo debut of new sculpture by Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Mabry. The exhibition featured several new freestanding and wall-mounted sculptural works, drawings and photographs.
Writing for the award-winning Hammer Museum exhibition, Thing: New Sculpture from Los Angeles, curator Aimee Chang writes, “Nathan Mabry works with traditional materials – clay, wood, plaster – to create idiosyncratic figurative sculptures whose playful use of appropriation and medium-based puns expresses a quirky sense of humor." Nathan Mabry’s first solo exhibition at Cherry and Martin will include an ambitious new work from his series A Very Touching Moment depicting figures inspired by Pre-Columbian Moche sculpture in an embrace suggestive of not only erotic concerns, but formal and historical ones as well.
Nathan Mabry’s sculpture throws into relief the assumed divide between “ethnographic" sculptural works and those of such American Minimalists as John McCracken, Sol LeWitt and Carl Andre. Juxtaposing formal, material and conceptual elements, Mabry encourages the viewer to explore a range of topics including the place of the artist in society, the role of technology and the relationship of a civilization to its past, present and the always-changing vicissitudes of popular culture.
Nathan Mabry received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and a MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. His work has most recently been seen in Thing: New Sculpture from Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Rogue Wave ’05 at LA Louver, Venice, CA and Cornceptual Popstraction at cherrydelosreyes. Mabry lives and works in Los Angeles.