Phillips Dropshop Announces First Bronze
Sculpture by Emily Mae Smith, Gazer
To be Exclusively Released on 10 October at 10am
Close up of Gazer
NEW YORK – 3 OCTOBER 2023 – Phillips’ October Drop features Emily Mae Smith’s first bronze sculpture, Gazer. The Drop will take place on 10 October on dropshop.phillips.com at 10am. Known for her virtuosic paintings featuring surreal images, art historical references, and wry commentary, Gazer takes inspiration from many of the same subjects as her paintings, ranging in influence from the Arts and Crafts movement to surrealism. Gazer is a sculpture representing a traditionally useful, yet humble tool – a broom, relieved of their labor duties, and elevated to a moment of leisure and self-reflection having emerged in this new setting.
Emily Mae Smith said, “I have always painted about the potential of objects. This is why I often say my work is most related to still life. It was only a matter of time until one of my subjects emerged in three dimensions. Gazer revisits a beloved theme from my oeuvre – a broom with a mirror. This subject first appears in my work in a 2015 painting titled The Mirror and appears again in my 2020 painting Cassiopeia, the model for this sculpture. Mirrors, portals, and windows recur in my work to speak about subjects such as the gaze, voyeurism, objectification, power, and agency. This broom with the mirror symbolizes a powerful transformation – a common tool gazes at themself in an act of self-love and recognition of possibility beyond the intentions of their maker.
With this sculpture I wanted to work in a material as enduring and historic as oil painting, thus Gazer is bronze; a storied, weighty medium able to hold a myriad of patinas. My utmost respect and gratitude go to the master craftspeople at the foundry who have spent many hours with me and are painstakingly executing each of these bronze works through the magic of metallurgy. Gazer invites the viewer on a journey through the art historical cannon in the timeless interplay of form and symbolism as seen from the Arts & Crafts movement to the Surrealists to new millennium imagists like myself.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Emily Mae Smith’s slyly humorous and riveting compositions nod to art historical movements such as Symbolism and Art Nouveau, with a distinctly 21st century spin. Her genre-defying work operates through a lexicon of signs and symbols to address timely subjects including gender, class, and violence. Smith tackles art history’s patriarchal myths and creates from a feminist perspective. Emily Mae Smith is represented by Petzel, Perrotin, Rodolphe Janssen, and Contemporary Fine Arts.
Smith has had solo shows at Pond Society (2023); Petzel, NY (2022); Perrotin, Paris (2021); Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (2021); Savannah College of Art and Design (2020); Marion Art Gallery, Rockefeller Arts Center (2020), among others. Select, recent group exhibitions include: The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (2022); The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (2022); 58th October Salon, Belgrade Biennale (2021); Columbus Museum of Art (2021). Smith’s work is included in collections such as The Brooklyn Museum; Columbus Museum of Art; The Consortium Museum; Dallas Museum of Art; The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; MOCA Los Angeles; Museum Brandhorst; Pond Society; Powerlong Art Museum; Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art; and Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.
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Tuesday, October 3, 2023
THE ELMHURST ART MUSEUM ANNOUNCES
A LOVE SUPREME
January 20 – April 28, 2024
(October 2, 2023 - CHICAGO) The Elmhurst Art Museum is proud to announce A Love Supreme, a solo exhibition by Norman Teague inspired by legendary jazz musician John Coltrane, with an adjoining intervention in Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House by Chicago-based BIPOC designers. Teague uses Coltrane’s album “A Love Supreme” as a personal, cultural, and spiritual touchstone to consider design influences from his life-long home in Chicago, exploring how the power of bold improvisational jazz and unapologetic Black aesthetics have expanded the minds and inspired creative communities of color. Celebrating BIPOC designers and a variety of cultural influences in Chicago at a time when the country is reckoning with racial inequities in representation across industries and disciplines, A Love Supreme takes place at the Elmhurst Art Museum from January 20 to April 28, 2024.
In A Love Supreme, the main galleries will feature new works with African-influenced objects. The solo exhibition culminates in Teague’s version of a large-scale African round house containing multiple organically designed objects that nod to his Midwest influences, like the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the Wall of Respect, and sculptor Martin Puryear.
In the McCormick House, Teague asks, “What is your Coltrane story? Who awakened you personally and artistically?” Work in the McCormick House will include furniture, blown glass, and custom leather pieces that transform the house from the picture of upper-class, white suburban living to a space celebrating alternative aesthetics, including acknowledgments of overlooked historical figures from Chicago reimagined through an alternative lens by BIPOC architects, designers, and artists.
“I believe there is a quest for craft from the imaginations of Black America that needs to be heard, seen, and felt as safe, desired, and beautiful. And it can only come from us. This turning point of awareness in American history will only get greater as time goes on—and design history will follow,” says Teague.
Teague and his collaborators will draw on their own history and cultural inspirations, including designers such as Chuck Harrison, sculptor Martin Puryear, and Emory Douglas. Throughout the exhibit, Teague mines the empowering musical legacy of the Civil Rights Era, acknowledges overlooked historical BIPOC figures, and creates opportunity for today’s generation to acknowledge and reclaim the historical absence of Black design history in America. A Love Supreme seeks to provide a new narrative about the bold, bright, and vast number of designers who are the future of American design.
In line with his highly collaborative practice, Teague in A Love Supreme will uplift other creatives while expressing joy through design, musical performances, public talks, and other creative expressions by designers and artists. Jazz and jazz-influenced performances throughout the run of the exhibition will further underline the influence of avant-garde music on Chicago design.
A Love Supreme is part of Art Design Chicago, a citywide collaboration initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art that highlights the city’s artistic heritage and creative communities. It is sponsored by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. A Love Supreme is supported in part by a grant from the League of Chicago Theatres and ComEd.
A Love Supreme: McCormick House Reimagined is co-curated by Norman Teague and Rose Camara. This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Chipstone Foundation.
ABOUT THE ELMHURST ART MUSEUM
Image: Norman Teague, Installation view of “Objects for Change,” Art Center Highland Park, 2022. Courtesy the artist
Monday, October 2, 2023
Dena Seiferling, Lisa Ericson, and Yulia Pustoshkina
L-R: “Bear and Mouse Music Box” by Dena Seiferling, “Territorial” by Lisa Ericson, and “Hunters' Pact” by Yulia Pustoshkina
Fremin Gallery Exhibits: Black For More, Nemi Jantzen, Jake Michael Singer. The show will run from October 12th to November 12th