Michelle Segre

米歇尔·塞格雷

oracle in reverse

Michelle Segre   oracle in reverse

source: escapeintolife

Michelle Segre was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1965. She received her BFA in 1987 from Cooper Union School of Art, and currently lives and works in New York City.

Both sculptor and draftsperson, Segre is known for oversized, organic sculptures and crowded linear drawings. She approaches each medium with microscopic attention; her works are highly detailed and finely realized studies of entropic growth and disintegration. In her first print, Swamp Eyes, 2005, Segre used both line etch and spit bite aquatint to create a densely populated garden-like landscape of unfamiliar creatures. Webbed in by linear patterns emulating the organic structure of crystals, the details of the picture ebb and flow with the viewer’s eye, coming into focus and then disappearing again. Camouflaged numbers (birthdates, addresses) and letters are momentarily evident, appearing as hidden clues. The longer one looks, the more one sees, yet an attempt to decipher the composition leads only to further questions regarding subject, scale and surface.
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source: dailyserving

The constructions of Israeli-born artist Michelle Segre—towering webs of yarn, wire, and organic matter—resemble dispatches from another planet or totems of some long-lost civilization. Unfinished and roughly made, her work still evidences painstaking attention to detail, a ritualistic practice in which all the constituent elements impart shrouded, mystical meaning. A small show of her most recent work, currently on view at Derek Eller Gallery, expands on her long-running obsession with Neolithic idols, craft techniques, and Surrealism. The three monumental pieces included in the exhibit seem to occupy a middle space between the earthly and the otherworldly, the familiar and the unknowable.

Through the glass doors of the gallery—located on an unassuming, industrial block near the West Side Highway—Segre’s mythological assemblages assault visitors with their vivid colors and overblown scale. Segre, who began producing these idiosyncratic sculptures in the 1990s, takes an intuitive, highly personal approach to materials, integrating found objects with papier-mâché constructions, tangles of yarn, and scraps of iron and wire. While her formal vocabulary varies, certain key concepts and motifs make regular appearances: fungi, paganism, comestibles, the cosmos. Themes are meditated upon, picked apart, and then brought back into the fold years later. This constant recycling of both forms and materials lends Segre’s work a sort of cosmic grace, conjuring associations with reincarnation or the first law of thermodynamics: that energy can never be created or destroyed, only changed in form. Her fascination with outer space and repurposing objects recalls Carl Sagan’s avowal that “the Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be.”
The work that occupies much of Derek Eller’s main room, Self-Reflexive Narcissistic Supernova, resembles an oversized dream catcher, woven through with shards of mirror and coils of wire. This web is linked to an enormous, gorgeously rendered wax mushroom by strands of yarn, from which mushrooms of varying sizes dangle. The giant mushroom is transcendentally beautiful, with a mottled cap reminiscent of a seashell—a blended wash of purples, grays, and browns—and meticulously articulated, layered gills that breathe with life. The strange markings painted on the cap, and the squares of glass affixed to it, make the work seem like a vehicle for some cult-like prehistoric ritual.

Beside it stands an imposing sculpture in shades of blue, supported by metal rods. Again, we see a woven net of yarn with projectiles hanging from it. (On closer look, they’re actually hunks of sandwich bread dyed indigo.) The central cluster below the web is composed of papier-mâché, more old food items, and a piece of masking tape on which fragments of sentences are visible (“Sorry I forgot you” and “You like to take”). Segre skillfully anchors heavy materials with these light, ethereal lattices, creating a tension that lends the finished works their own inner logic and balance.
Though Segre is best known for her monumental sculptures, the highlight of the exhibit is the wall of postcard-sized preparatory sketches, push-pinned against a wall of bright orange paint. As when visiting an artist’s studio, the assembled notes, photographs, and drawings offer a window into Segre’s process and the influences for her elaborate constructions. Sketches of an alien-squid hybrid are sandwiched between a photograph of a dead owl, telephone numbers, shopping lists, and a heavily crosshatched drawing of what looks like a sun exploding. Blues and blacks dominate, the colors of galaxies and unknown things. The everyday is mashed against the unusual and surreal—animal bones next to prismatic nebulae, a game of hangman spelling the word “spaghetti” adjacent to the interior of a petri dish. In such close context, familiar biological forms become odd and unearthly; the mundane becomes alien. This inverted perspective may be the greatest charm of Segre’s work.
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source: wowaartlinkart

米歇尔·塞格雷(Michelle Segre)个展“Lost Songs of the Filament”近日在Derek Eller画廊开幕。一种生产性的急躁气氛渗透到了这场展览中。拜Vija Celmins所赐,对这种本质上是现实主义的、相对来说比较整体的雕塑被放大但又为人们熟悉的形式的制作开始于上世纪90年代早期。随之产生的是程度日益加深的古怪,其中包括超大的、色彩鲜明的真菌类以及让人联想到粗糙的、新石器时代的恋物癖的物品或是空洞的眼球,但主要盛行的还是单一的形体、略微有些超现实的现实主义以及经过处理的表面。

以2010年在Derek Eller画廊展出的两件作品为基础,米歇尔·塞格雷(Michelle Segre)从本质上分裂了她的作品并且在这个过程里激发起了自己的野心。她最近的创作都是具有高度渗透性的、随心所欲的并且还有些疯狂的装配艺术品。它们包含了石膏、混凝纸浆、铁丝网圈等材料以及贝壳、岩石、干草叉和旧的邮箱等现成物品。艳丽的色彩被保留了下来,但是状态更加分散了;而对超现实主义的兴趣也从马格利特(Magritte)延续到了亚历山大·考尔德(Alexander Calder)及胡安·米罗(Joan Miró),并且同时关注了诸如艾伦·希尔兹(Alan Shields)紧凑、带有珠饰的构造物与 琳达 (Lynda Benglis)的生物形态主义的概念艺术进程。此外,米歇尔·塞格雷(Michelle Segre)也许还回应了雷切尔·哈里森(Rachel Harrison)、 吉姆·兰比 (Jim Lambie)等人的雕塑“历程”所充满的压力。与后者相比,米歇尔·塞格雷(Michelle Segre)的作品更加即兴而且无所不包,少了一些计划性。