The Recent Sculptures of Kate MacDowell

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In Kate MacDowell‘s recent work, subtle aspects of the animals she sculpts subvert expectations. Some of MacDowell’s new pieces are part of the new group show “Subversive Suburbia” at Mindy Solomon Gallery, kicking off on Friday. Her porcelain creatures and plantlife have long looked at both vulnerability and power of the natural world. MacDowell was last featured on HiFrucotose.com here.

“We may also choose to look toward our own destiny as we track early casualties of our transformation of the environment–from the spread of invasive species such as pine-bark beetles to historical extinction events such as the destruction of the passenger pigeon,” she recently said. “In each case our desire or longing for a psychological union between man and nature is complicated by friction and the discomforting feeling that we too are vulnerable to being victimized by our destructive practices.”

See more of her recent work below.

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'Once were warriors' – I was struck by the beautiful rhyton drinking vessels of rams with fearsome horns and short coats and thinking about how we have bred domestic animals and in the process, changed their bodies and their cultural meanings. I remembered the news coverage of sheep in Australia and New Zealand, found after living wild for several years, so overgrown with fleece that they had trouble moving or feeding. This is a portrait of 'Chris' one of these infamous escapees. – On view now until November 26 at @harvardceramics in 'Raise a Glass–A Contemporary Response to Animal-Shaped Vessels in the Ancient World.’ This group exhibition of contemporary sculptors and vessel makers is inspired by the Harvard Art Museums' current special exhibition, ‘Animal-Shaped Vessels from the Ancient World: Feasting with Gods, Heroes, and Kings.’ – #harvardceramics #gallery224 #partyanimals #harvardartmuseums #porcelainsculpture #historicalceramics

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So pleased to have some of my ear mice in @beautifulbizarremagazine ‘exhibition 'Gaia Reborn' at @urbannationberlin Should be an exciting opening Saturday night! 🎉 🐁 👂 . .⁣ URBAN NATION presents ~⁣ Beautiful Bizarre Magazine exhibition: Gaia Reborn: A Future Utopia.⁣ . Exhibition Dates: 11 May – 10 July 2019 Opening Reception: 11 May, 6:30 – 10:30pm. . To receive the Collectors Preview please email [email protected]⁣ .⁣ . Line-up:⁣ @amysol, @audkawa, @viveros_brand, @caiakoopman, @calvinmasculpts, @chris.berens, @ciou_in_hell, @cmorey, @dilkabear, @ellenjewett, @erikasculpture, @ewapronczukkuziak, @findac[Mural], @forestrogers, @hannahyata, @kelogsloops, @janabrike, @strangeling, @jean_pierre_arboleda, @jdalva, @joelrea, @johnson_tsang_artist, @thejlouis, @cookienamnam, @julietteclovis, @katemacdowell, @kazukitakamatsu777, @kevinpetersonart, @kisungkoh, @lauracolors, @lorinelsonart, @lucyhardieart, @mabgraves, @marielarkin_, @mihohiranoart, @twistedmatter, @naoto_hattori, @nataliafabia, @olgaesther.pinturas, @negiyakisoba, @peca.art, @rebecca_leveille_guay, @reddwalitzki, @richardahnert, @freymuthfrazier, @sarah_joncas, @sarah__davey__, @scott_musgrove, @craww, @tombagshaw, @_tomopoly, @mynameistran, @officialtroybrooks, @vanessa_alice, @vipooart, @kawashima99⁣

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