The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery is pleased to present the first institutional solo exhibition by artist Nevine Mahmoud.
Mahmoud makes provocative sculptures from glass, steel, resin and precious stones such as onyx, alabaster and marble. Her work often takes the form of plump fruits, or isolated parts of the body, from curvaceous busts and tongues to voluptuous peaches and cherries. The almost clinical presentation of her sculptures, with their pristine polished surfaces and immaculate pedestals, stand in stark contrast to their fleshy volumes. Recently, Mahmoud has been experimenting with hybridised forms, in which hollowed out anatomies become co-opted as domestic furnishings such as vessels or lamps. Rendered in sometimes sickly hues or jewel tones, and severed from the rest of the body, Mahmoud’s creations are defamiliarized from the human body to become suggestive of some otherworldly, more surreal entity.
In another body of work, which includes playground slides, beach balls and puzzle pieces, Mahmoud creates sculptures that connote objects of play. Combining elemental compositions and primary colors with cold, fragile materials, these works frustrate our instinct to touch and explore. Furthermore, the contrast between these childish things and Mahmoud’s more sensual objects creates an unsettling, almost disturbing effect. This juxtaposition invites us to consider the psychological origins of such bodily impulses as abjection and attraction. The exhibition will include a selection of recent sculptures and installations, alongside a number of new works created especially for the gallery.
For more information, visit: https://www.lamag.org/nevine-mahmoud-october-14-december-12-2021/
Nevine Mahmoud, installation view, 2021. courtesy of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery. photo: Jeff McLane