Antecedents of the Astral Hamster
June 27 – September 14, 2013
For over twenty years New York-based artist Michelle Segre has produced idiosyncratic sculptures and drawings that continue to elude easy categorization. Earlier work from the 1990s included meticulous wax enlargements of giant fungi and richly imagined ink drawings of fissured landscapes that suggested something biological, yet unfamiliar. In a recent turn toward gestural abstraction, Segre constructs freestanding assemblages using reworked armatures and recycled materials from older works in combination with rocks, milk crates, papier-mâché, colored yarn, and plaster. Underlying it all is an improvisational goofiness that is matched by a well-versed formal rigor with such art historical references as Surrealism and Arte Povera. This exhibition will present new sculpture alongside earlier work offering a fuller reading of Segre's experimentation with new forms and her intuitive, highly personal approach to materials.
The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color brochure with an essay by David Brody.
The exhibition and related publications are made possible with major support from the UAlbany Office of the President, Office of the Provost, The University at Albany Foundation, University Auxiliary Services, and the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation.
The Collector, 2012
Milk crates, plaster, paint, clay, pitchforks, plastacine, rocks, acrylic, paper maché, plastic lace, yarn, thread, wire, toothpicks, seashells
102½ x 81 x 69 inches