Vanitas-He and Vanitas-She, 2008 - Nathan Mabry
About the Work
About Vanitas-He and Vanitas-She
Nathan Mabry's sculptures Vanitas-He/Vanitas-She are examples of the masking motif that flows throughout his practice. This set consists of a pair of bronze skulls wearing cast bronze costume animal noses. Vanitas-He is masked with a tusked elephant nose ...Read More
Nathan Mabry's sculptures Vanitas-He/Vanitas-She are examples of the masking motif that flows throughout his practice. This set consists of a pair of bronze skulls wearing cast bronze costume animal noses. Vanitas-He is masked with a tusked elephant nose, while Vanitas-She is masked with a camel nose. The conflation of the skulls—sober renderings that could be part of an exhibit at a natural history museum—and the masks—silly popular culture references—effectively illustrates common art historical themes concerning the inevitability of death and the futility of pleasure, but with a twinge of seductive humor.Read Less
About the Artist
About Nathan Mabry
The concept of masking flows throughout Mabry's practice. For his Process Art series, he purchased bronze sculptures online and masked them with bronze casts of found masks and mascot heads. The process of masking is neither straightforwardly performative nor interventionist; Mabry simultaneously transforms the original artwork and creates a new sculpture with the mask. The sculptures Mabry has chosen to mask fall roughly into three groups: classic figurative sculpture in collections, art historical copies, and vernacular scenes. They come from a number of sources in American culture—including sports team mascot heads and Halloween costumes—adding to the complexity and humor of his work.
His work has been reviewed in Art + Auction, Art in America, Frieze, Modern Painters, Sculpture Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times.
DescriptionTwo bronze and wood sculptures.
AuthenticationIncludes a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist.
DimensionsTwo skull sculptures: Vanitas-He measures 5" x 5" x 10.5" and Vanitas-She measures 5" x 5" x9".
ShippingShips in 4 to 6 weeks.
This work is final sale and not eligible for return.
Additional InformationArrives in separate boxes measuring 12.5" x 7.75" and 6.5".
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