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Exhibitions

Josephine Meckseper's Car Art Gets a "Platform" at the Parrish Museum

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"Corvette," 2011, metal fixtures; acrylic fixtures; metal chains; metal rings; metal buckles; metal hooks; tail light; digital inkjet print on canvas with plastic; on acrylic mirrored MDF slatwall with aluminum edging (All installation views are photographed by Josephine Meckseper and are © Josephine Meckseper, with images courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.)
"Corvette," 2011, metal fixtures; acrylic fixtures; metal chains; metal rings; metal buckles; metal hooks; tail light; digital inkjet print on canvas with plastic; on acrylic mirrored MDF slatwall with aluminum edging (All installation views are photographed by Josephine Meckseper and are © Josephine Meckseper, with images courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.)
"Corvette" on view in the Parrish Museum
"Corvette" on view in the Parrish Museum
"Crow," 2011, Metal fixtures; car taillight; plastic sign; acrylic and mixed media on canvas on acrylic mirrored MDF slatwall with aluminum edging. (Posing with a John Chamberlain.)
"Crow," 2011, Metal fixtures; car taillight; plastic sign; acrylic and mixed media on canvas on acrylic mirrored MDF slatwall with aluminum edging. (Posing with a John Chamberlain.)
LEFT: "Tradition," 2013, cast concrete, chrome fixture, shoes, painted wood, acrylic on denim, and pigment print on anodized aluminum in blackened stainless steel and glass vitrine. RIGHT: 'Bright Bay Cars/Gratis,' 2013, cast concrete, painted wood, acrylic on canvas, pigment print on anodized aluminum in blackened stainless steel and glass vitrine.
LEFT: "Tradition," 2013, cast concrete, chrome fixture, shoes, painted wood, acrylic on denim, and pigment print on anodized aluminum in blackened stainless steel and glass vitrine. RIGHT: 'Bright Bay Cars/Gratis,' 2013, cast concrete, painted wood, acrylic on canvas, pigment print on anodized aluminum in blackened stainless steel and glass vitrine.
'Tradition' (at left) and 'Bright Bay Cars/Gratis' (at right) appear outside the museum in the outdoor gallery space.
'Tradition' (at left) and 'Bright Bay Cars/Gratis' (at right) appear outside the museum in the outdoor gallery space.

German-born artist Josephine Meckseper has become known as a maverick talent, subverting both political mores and the art-world establishment with her film, photography, and installation work. (She once put “Help Wanted" signs in the window of a New York gallery, surrounded by signs that it had gone out of business.) The artist, represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery, has said that she doesn't want her work to be exclusively for art insiders, but to engage the interests of the average Joe as well. Now, for her new exhibition at the Parrish Museum, her signature blend of the paradoxes at play in advertising as well as in the art world can be experienced throughout the Southampton museum.

Only the second artist to show in the remodeled Parrish’s “Platform” series, she has created five large-scale sculptural works that interact with the museum’s outdoor space as well as its galleries, with inspirations ranging from minimalist architecture to automobile branding. The group of two works appearing outside consist of giant vitrines within which original sculptures and readymades intermingle, partially inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s German Pavilion for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona.

Inside, her mixed-media works Corvette and Crow employ actual car materials—ranging from tires to break lights—as comment on consumption, car culture, and even museum-going itself: her show will undoubtedly be viewed by the weekender crowd, who need to traverse highways to visit the Parrish. As always, her work makes ample use of humor, even self-deprecation.

Click through the slideshow to tour the exhibition, up through October 14.

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