April 13 - July 7, 2013
The Nasher Sculpture Center asked Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Mabry (b. 1978) to install works in the garden. Inspired by sources ranging from archaeology and ethnology to Dada and Surrealism, Mabry, in his own words, “crashes” different aesthetics together, resulting in sculptures that are at turns poignant, humorous, critical and admiring. For Sightings, Mabry has created a new sculpture, Two Vessels (Unpacked), based on an ancient Jalisco figure in the Nasher Collection for the outdoor terrace, as well as install his group of six figures based on Rodin’s Burghers of Calais, Process Art (B-E-A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E) – never before shown in the United States – outside on the steps of the Terraced Garden.
Nathan Mabry, Two Vessels (Unpacked), 2013
Bronze, 84 x 48 x 48 in.
Courtesy of the artist Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles, and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York, © Nathan Mabry, Photo: Robert Wedemeyer