Luckman Gallery

California State University Los Angeles

March 28-MAY 23, 2015

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Employing experimental animation, sculpture, installation and photography, Melanie Nakaue creates a psychological space that focuses on the use of the figure in sculptural traditions and techniques as a way to reinscribe the depiction of affliction.

The works in the exhibition are inspired by historical figurative sculptures. Neolithic Japanese clay figurines (dogū) of the Jōmon period (made by women and often depicted animal and female hybrids and thought to have talismanic properties), early Venus sculptures, and late 19th century sculpture in the round are points of interest. These subjects exist as mythologies for works in the exhibition that explore the dichotomies surrounding mortality and aesthetics.