Annette Messager. Daily

1 Apr 2016 – 30 Apr 2016

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Marian Goodman Gallery New York is pleased to announce an exhibition of Annette Messager, Daily.


.In this exhibition Annette Messager creates a dramatic incursion into the space with her installation, Daily, a monumental work presented on the Third Floor Project Space in conjunction with recent works, Le crabe cancer , Le bras chaussure , En equilibre, L’oiseau, Jambes oiseau, and new Pole Dance drawings, which are shown in the adjacent room. These works provide a platform for a reinvention of her practice of creating hybrid forms drawn from personal memory and daily life, inspired by fiction and fantasy. As Messager says, “For me, the fantastic is in daily life; real life is more extraordinary than all of the imagination.”

In Daily, we see “simple and utilitarian constituent parts which appear on the one hand to be marked by their functionality - scissors, a hanger, a key, tweezers, a hammer - and on the other hand, are like spectres of our everyday life, so important, so derisory. Made in skaï, and wrapped in black, they float like sadomasochistic elements hanging on black ropes, voluminous and disproportionate, at least, in our heads. These elements are perhaps akin to Alice in Wonderland today. In opposition, it is us, we humans, who like marionettes hang on these objects. Our figures are flesh-colored, a little bit grey, like meat sometimes, with pieces of our inside appearing vaguely turned inside out: arteries, organs, veins. Moreover, we see mice and rats hanging on as well, very low, in traps within the nets.”

-Annette Messager, 2016

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