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Published in the summer of 2014 on the occasion of Michael Jones McKean's ambitious sculptural installation - 'The Religion.' The 32 page perfect bound book designed by Paris based Bizzarri + Rodriguez contains 22 color reproductions with 2 large fold-out installation views of the work. An acknowledgement by Sharon McConnell accompanies Hannah Walsh's more expansive essay.
"... objects and structures that are normally camouflaged by familiarity here are placed into a net of complex and problematic relationships. The scope of time, material, connotation, and craft in the work serve as points of contrast - mechanisms for seeing that can pull banal objects back into the realm of scrutiny. But the breadth and simultaneity of the work never calcifies those relationships -an object may flip between figure and ground, past and future, large and small many times in the course of looking at the piece. The Religion feels remarkably limber. It is active. It roams. It points out in all directions, only to reveal its locus in the here and now."
excerpt form Hannah Walsh's 'The Material Present"
Michael Jones McKean (b. 1976, Micronesia) is an internationally acclaimed artist and recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Nancy Graves Foundation Award and an Artadia Award. McKean has been awarded fellowships at The Core Program, The MacDowell Colony, The International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York City, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program in New York City. Recent exhibitions include the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard, Annedale-On-Hudson NY: Horton Gallery, New York, NY: Manifestation Internatiationle d'art de Quebec Biennale: Gentili Apri, Berlin, Germany: The Art Foundation, Athens, Greece: Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada and Shenkar University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
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