Exhibition

Marianne Vitale. On The One

18 May 2018 – 24 Jun 2018

Invisible-Exports

New York
New York, United States

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INVISIBLE-EXPORTS is proud to present Marianne Vitale’s On the One, the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery.

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Dredged from a waste land of deactivated industrial components, exhumed railway supports serve as over-signifying omens and bellwethers. A housing bracket once pressed into the front end of a locomotive, dislodged from its iron horse assumes the form of a skull. Flange way blocks rest underneath track work, never to see the light of day. Uprooted, the cast forms stack syntactically as totems of language. Further excavation of once-operative accessories – in this case, guard plates, braces, switch clips and guide brackets – yields a recognition of the human guise in functional design; serving here as anthropomorphic devotees or ritual death masks for an encyclopedic museum. Initially meant to resist surface-cracking and fatigue, the works transgress their original use value as forms of support: hinges, underpinnings, and receptacles of American infrastructure. They have been rendered prophecies of what becomes of the grave overshoot and overspread, legitimated by the relentlessly regurgitated ideal of manifest destiny.

Exhibiting artists

Marianne Vitale

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