Nathan Mabry Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Nathan Mabry
A Very Touching Moment (Pitching A Tent) (and 2 details)


Steel, coral, silver and turquoise

121.9 x 76.2 x 38 cm

Through their ethnological pastiche, Nathan Mabry’s work combines references to art history, South American artefacts, and popular culture, to create provocative monuments entwining high culture, primitive ritual, and contemporary experience. In A Very Touching Moment (Pitching A Tent), Mabry’s figure – inspired by Pre-Columbian Moche sculpture, and suggestive of Rodin’s The Kiss – sits as a grotesque fertility totem atop a plinth reminiscent of the work of John McCracken or Donald Judd. Through juxtaposing these disparate forms, Mabry points to a totemic ascendancy, tracing a narrative lineage between ancient liturgy and modern day systems of museological value.

Nathan Mabry
In Your Face: 13, 14, 15


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.

Nathan Mabry
A Very Touching Moment (?)


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).

Nathan Mabry's Biography

Nathan Mabry
Born in 1978 in Durango, Colorado
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA


Sightings, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX
Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, NY

Armature, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

Like Really, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France

Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA

Filter Gallery, Kansas City, MO


More Young Americans, L’Enclos des Bernardins Hôtel de Miramion, Paris
Brian Bress, Matt Connors, Mari Eastman, Nathan Mabry, T. Kelly Mason, Cherry and Martin,Los Angeles, CA

Beg, Borrow and Steal, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
Eye of Horus, Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland
Bush of Ghosts, Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, CA
Across the Pacific: Young Artists from LA, 313 Art Project, Seoul, Korea

American Exuberance, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (catalog)
Baker’s Dozen, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
Sympathy for the Devil, Vanhaerents Art Collection, Brussels, Belgium (catalog)
Elements of Nature: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Brevard Art Museum, Melbourne, FL (catalog)

(Re)Form, H&R Block Space, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Portugal Arte, Lisbon, Portugal (traveling to Depart Foundation, Rome)
Underground Pop, Parrish Art Museum, South Hampton, NY
Shut Your Eyes In Order to See, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, France
Contemporary Art from the Collection of Sarah and Jim Taylor, Myhren Gallery, University of Denver, Denver, CO
The Library of Babel / In and Out of Place, 176 / Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK

Beg Borrow and Steal, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (catalog)
In Bed Together, Royal/T, Los Angeles, CA
Heads Up, Domestic Setting, Los Angeles, CA
Sculpture Park, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Second Nature: The Valentine-Adelson Collection at The Hammer, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles: Aspects of the Archaic Revival, Galerie Uschi Kolb, Karlsruhe, Germany
1999:10 Year Anniversary Show, China Art Objects, Los Angeles, CA
All That Was, Is, The Happy Lion, Los Angeles, CA
LA Woman, Hanes Art Gallery, Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC.

L.A. Now, curated by David Pagel, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV (catalog)
Take Me There (Show Me The Way), Haunch of Venison, New York, NY (catalog)
Weighing and Wanting: 25 Years of Collecting, Museum of Contemporary Art San
Diego, San Diego, CA
Idle Youth, curated by Russell Ferguson, Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY (catalog)
Kabul 3000: Love Among The Cabbages, Galleria Zero, Milan, Italy
Past Forward, curated by Vincent Honoré, 176, London, UK (catalog)
Past and Present, Richard Carter Studio, Forestville, CA
Apocalypse Yesterday, curated by David Pagel, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

Fearful Objects, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL
Sculptors' Drawings, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Hammer Contemporary Collection, Part II, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Distinctive Messengers, House of Campari, Los Angeles, CA
Kairos, Kantor / Feuer Galllery, Los Angeles, CA
Aspects, Forms and Figures, Bellwether, New York, NY

Red Eye: Los Angeles Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (catalog)
Bold Moves, curated by Simon Watson, House of Campari, Los Angeles, CA
The Beginning of The End of The Beginning, Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, IL

Thing: New Sculpture from Los Angeles, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (catalog)
Rogue Wave ‘05, LA Louver, Venice, CA (catalog)
WivesHusbands, domestic setting, Los Angeles, CA

Cornceptual Popstraction, cherrydelosreyes, Los Angeles, CA (artist book)
summer group show, cherrydelosreyes, Los Angeles, CA
Supersonic, Windtunnel/Artcenter, Pasadena, CA (catalog)

I Am Human And I Deserve To Be Loved, Overtones Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

The Cube, Kansas City, MO
Jan Weiner Gallery, Kansas City, MO
H&R Blockspace, Kansas City, MO

Holding, KCAI Gallery, two person show, Kansas City, MO
Gordon Gallery, Yountville, CA
Richard Carter Projects, Napa, CA