UDBO: Unidentified Dangerous Beautiful Objects
This new, 32-page, color, hardcover book now available for $30 at https://www.masseyklein.com/-editions-publications/udbo-unidentified-dangerous-beautiful-objects
In UDBO, Lieberman reflects on exchanges of play and power in contemporary culture, bringing these tensions into sharp relief. The “Unidentified Dangerous Beautiful Objects” are inspired by children's playthings but their highly polished black marble forms evoke violence and aggression. They are at once elegant and anxious, voluptuous and menacing. When arranged in a tic-tac-toe grid—the UDBO “playground” title of a recent exhibition—the objects (each suggesting perhaps a flower, a grenade, a radio) render a dangerous game indeed.
The book features close-up images of the artist’s most recent work, as well as installation views of the sculptures set in their "playground" configuration.
See new sculpture in
Rules of the Game through Dec. 30 at
Massey Klein Gallery 124 Forsyth St. NYC @ Delancey
Rules of the Game
Claire Lieberman, Kate McQuillen, Wouter Nijland
Massey Klein is pleased to present Rules of the Game, a group exhibition featuring work by Claire Lieberman, Kate McQuillen, and Wouter Nijland. The exhibition explores the artists’ distinct use of material and process resulting in surface qualities individual to each body of work.
Claire Lieberman is a sculptor who creates freestanding, three-dimensional works reminiscent of animated childhood objects. The pieces are rendered in highly polished, black marble; their surfaces smooth and shiny, punctuated or disrupted by protuberances. A ballooning toy grenade and curvaceous toy top exude a playful and provocative quality. The effect is voluptuous and inviting, bringing to the surface the duality of material and image.s such unexpected materials as marble, Jell-O, and video. In her practice, she explores dichotomies like the sublime and the quirky, desire and danger, indulgence and guilt.
Lieberman has exhibited at THE LAB, NYC; Seoul Art Center, South Korea; University of Alaska, Anchorage; Anderson Gallery; Virginia Commonwealth University, and MUDAC Museum; Lausanne, Switzerland. Her work has been included in artcritical, White-hot magazine, The Conversation Project NYC, Sculpture magazine, The New York Times, and ARTnews. Lieberman has received awards from The Arctic Circle, Territory of Svalbard; National Endowment for the Arts; Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris; Yaddo; and MacDowell Colony. The artist attended the Boston Museum School (BFA) and Pratt Institute (MFA).
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