Nathan Mabry

In Your Face: 13, 14, 15

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In Your Face: 13, 14, 15
Nathan Mabry
In Your Face: 13, 14, 15
2006
C-print mounted on sintra
76.2 x 76.2 cm each

Nathan Mabry’s In Your Face series takes as its subject Aristide Mailol’s 1937 sculpture La Montagne. Photographed at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio, this famous work is emblematic of the ideological coalescence between art, artifice, and nature. Shrouding the figure with a variety of novelty masks, Mabry appropriates the monument as a plinth for his own intervention. Literally using art history as a base for slap-stick humour, Mabry levels cultural hierarchy, disguising modern masterpiece as clownish impostor.


     
 


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