October 2, 2008—November 8, 2008 | Reception Thursday, October 2nd, 6-8PM
Purplish unites McMakin’s conceptually rigorous work in sculpture, photography, and drawing. Sculpturally, the artist has a penchant for disrupting the familiar in everyday furniture, often confounding the functionality of such objects. A chest of drawers, for example, is a chest of drawers, yet with one exception—one drawer sits apart, too large to fit the empty hole it should fill. In the same way, McMakin uses the medium of photography to create objects that embrace both wit and significance. By transforming two found paintings, a partially sewn blouse, and pieces of faded fabric into photographic two-dimensional artworks, he captures the details that often go unnoticed and engages in a philosophical contemplation of the lived history of such objects.