September 22, 2023


How Art Works

Juxtapoz Journal – Megan Ellen MacDonald “Moist Dream” @ Hashimoto Modern, NYC

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Hashimoto Contemporary is happy to current Moist Dream, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Megan Ellen MacDonald. The exhibition can be MacDonald’s second solo presentation at Hashimoto Modern, and debut solo exhibition in New York Metropolis.

Using 3D software program and digital actuality to create intricate scenes, the artist reinterprets these compositions by way of conventional oil portray methods knowledgeable by historic nonetheless life portray of the Dutch Golden Period. Persevering with the exploration of contrasting themes of objectification and energy, MacDonald expands on how these themes relate to the femme expertise via coded iconography.

For Moist Dream, the artist depicts distorted, opulent tableaus of pure parts stuffed with flowers, skulls and fruit, which allude to the commodification and seduction inside an elaborate internal world; one which clumsily mimics parts of ours however maintains its personal distinctive aesthetic. Shiny, overly ripe fruits and flowers hold from delicate stems, drooping closely from the burden. Shucked oysters tantalizingly name to the viewer, holding a shimmering pearl at it’s heart. MacDonald’s saturated palette is slick and stuffed with shades of pink, what is taken into account to be a historically femme colour.

Concerning the newest physique of labor, the artist states, “every work serves as a memento mori and love letter to the complexities of nature that we take without any consideration. Whereas the work explores female identification and the dichotomy of gender and energy, the narratives within the exhibition embrace references to the fragility and fantastic thing about the pure world.”

Seductive but unnerving of their surreal nature, the artist paints scenes which allude to the influence of human intervention with nature, and our inclination to interchange actual world experiences with extra curated, commodified existences.

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