Sectional Planes and Driftloaves: Michelle Segre
Mar 4—Apr 15 2016
The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of the University of the Arts is pleased to present the Philadelphia one-person premier of New York sculptor Michelle Segre.
Michelle Segre was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1965 and received her BFA in 1987 from Cooper Union School of Art.
Segre’s organic works are an eclectic amalgam of new age naturalism joined with Arte Povera. In her early work, she constructed large-scale naturalistic enlargements of mushrooms and of bones, perhaps sharing a kinship with Nancy Graves or Roxy Paine. These conceptual structures, however, were only the starting point; she now creates monoliths of assembled allusions, chimeras of consciousness, exploring various biomorphic iconographies, mycelia exploding into open fiber or wire webs. Space is punctuated and punctured, wire is used as line, threads connect objects suspended in space. She works with illusion and radically eclectic materials: papier mậché, driftwood, loaves of bread, mold, fungus – references that spiral outward into the world with nonlinear, psychedelic abandon. We notice analogies to Native American God’s Eyes and macramé, her fiberworks like Faith Wilding and Annette Messanger. Her use of bright color harks back to Yves Klein and forward to Franz West. Although this color might initially seem playful, a closer examination points to issues of life, death and transcendence: ways of sustaining a soulful artistic practice.
Segre has been exhibiting since 1988 and has had 18 one-person shows. She has been in many group shows in the United States and abroad, among them “Greater New York” at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, Queens (2005); “Curious Crystals of Unusual Purity” at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center (2004); “Ballpoint Inklings” at K.S. Art, New York (2003); “By Hand: Pattern, Precision and Repetition in Contemporary Drawing” at the University Art Museum, California State University, Long Beach, Calif. (2001); “Almost Warm and Fuzzy: Childhood and Contemporary Art” at P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center and Fundacio la Caixa, Barcelona, Spain (2001); “Fresh: the Altoids Curiously Strong Collection” at the New Museum, New York (2001); and “Here: Artist’s Interventions at the Aldrich Museum” at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Conn. (1998).
Her works are in the collections of numerous institutions including the Museum of Modern Art; the New Museum, New York; the Katonah Museum, Katonah, N.Y.; the Tang Teaching Museum in Sarasota, N.Y.; and the Colorado University Art Museum, Boulder. Reviews have been published in Artforum, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Hyperallergic, Bomb, The New York Times, Artcritical, The Brooklyn Rail, Los Angeles Times, Modern Painters, The New Art Examiner, Flash Art and others. Segre received a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2001. She is represented by Derek Eller Gallery in New York.
This exhibition is free and open to the public.
Opening Reception: March 4, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
Above: Driftloaf (Green Whole Loaf), 2015. Courtesy of the artist and Derek Eller Gallery.
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