Nathan Mabry

A Very Touching Moment (?)

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A Very Touching Moment (?)
Nathan Mabry
A Very Touching Moment (?)
2006
Cast bronze and welded sheet bronze
167.6 x 66 x 132.1 cm

Like a DJ sampling music to define his own sound, Nathan Mabry openly borrows references from both modern and antiquated cultures to contrive sculptures that transcend time and place; falsifying a ‘super history’ tracing art evolution from its primal beginning to its portentous future. Mabry’s A Very Touching Moment (?) operates as a ‘cover version’ of Rodin, the tribal figure seated in the famous pose of contemplation. Both atavistic and cartoon-like, the totem is strangely retro-futuristic; an idea reflected in its plinth, which is a replica of Tony Smith’s Playground (1962).


     
 


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