Nathan Mabry


wood, déble carving, plastic, and epoxy clay
74 x 18 x 18 inches

Nathan Mabry has quickly established himself as one the most interesting emerging artists on the West Coast by creating sculptures that embrace different stylistic associations and reference art objects throughout history. Mabry opens up defined history by investigating the relationship between the institutionally-authorized Minimal object and the anonymous ethnographic one. His works simultaneously tease and surpass the viewer’s expectations while engaging with the nuances and complexities of contemporary society. Icky-Bana (Standing Woman III/oiseau- tête) comes from a series of work where Mabry combines altered ethnographic artifacts with minimalist-sculpture bases, perhaps paying homage to Giacometti’s Standing Woman III, located at LAMOCA. Nathan Mabry lives and works in Los Angeles. His work is in the permanent collections of numerous institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego. His work has recently appeared in exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Las Vegas Art Museum; and the 176 Zabludowicz Collection, London. He was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Nasher Sculpture Center earlier this year.