In her sculptures of plaster, wire, mesh, found detritus, and various organic matter, Michelle Segre develops a heterogeneous vision, informed as much by mega-ancient Neolithic idols as by Joan Miró and science fiction. The effect is fantastical and bizarre, an invitation to negotiate an alternate reality. Segre’s work hovers at an edge where everything remains fragmentary and incomplete, refusing to fulfill expectations. The process is improvisational and fluid, resulting in pieces that are both playfully casual and intense. Segre has had solo exhibitions at institutions such as Cress Gallery (University of Tennessee, Chattanooga), and she has been honored with the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and others.
New York-based artist and writer David Rhodes is originally from Manchester, UK. He is an Editor-at-Large at the Brooklyn Rail and has published reviews in Artforum, artcritical, among other publications. He has paintings in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and The Huntington Museum, Los Angeles. He is the author of the monograph Bernard Frize (Lund Humphries, 2019) and has an essay included in the forthcoming book on the paintings of Peter Bradley to be published by Karma, New York, later this year.
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Poet and sociologist Diana Rickard is an Associate Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. She has a book on wrongful conviction and documentary coming out with NYU Press in 2023. As a poet, her recent body of work grapples with ways of navigating, or failing to navigate, consumer culture, late stage capitalism, pop culture and the general falling apart of “civilization.”
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Night Chorus: Michelle Segre
Featuring Segre and David Rhodes
1 p.m. ET /
10 a.m. PT
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