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Galleri Urbane presents Sam Mack: "buff" opening reception

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Photo courtesy of Sam Mack

Galleri Urbane welcomes back sculptor and ceramicist Sam Mack for their second solo show with the gallery, "buff." This follows their inclusion in the gallery’s 2020 summer collective and their 2019 solo exhibition, Pass.

The show references the word’s numerous definitions, including the name of clay forms with a tan, sandy color (stoneware), a person’s muscular build, and the physical practice of maintaining a car’s body.

Traditionally non-functional beyond their original use, the artist grants permanence to familiar vessels such as Big Gulps and coffee cups by making them into stoneware. The sculpted containers are adorned with objects of everyday life, including queer and specifically transgender iconography. While not figurative, nor literally representative of any one individual, these still life objects of transness allow the viewer's body to become the body in relationship to these objects.

The viewer's proximity and relationship to the work is important as they bring experiences of all forms, abilities, and identities, “which are valid and valued beyond state-constructed expectations,” Mack stated. The artist solidifies existence in this collection of stoneware artifacts of transgender life and references a grammar and history of trans gay men and masculinities broadly under-considered to this day.

The exhibition will remain on display through January 4, 2023.

Galleri Urbane welcomes back sculptor and ceramicist Sam Mack for their second solo show with the gallery, "buff." This follows their inclusion in the gallery’s 2020 summer collective and their 2019 solo exhibition, Pass.

The show references the word’s numerous definitions, including the name of clay forms with a tan, sandy color (stoneware), a person’s muscular build, and the physical practice of maintaining a car’s body.

Traditionally non-functional beyond their original use, the artist grants permanence to familiar vessels such as Big Gulps and coffee cups by making them into stoneware. The sculpted containers are adorned with objects of everyday life, including queer and specifically transgender iconography. While not figurative, nor literally representative of any one individual, these still life objects of transness allow the viewer's body to become the body in relationship to these objects.

The viewer's proximity and relationship to the work is important as they bring experiences of all forms, abilities, and identities, “which are valid and valued beyond state-constructed expectations,” Mack stated. The artist solidifies existence in this collection of stoneware artifacts of transgender life and references a grammar and history of trans gay men and masculinities broadly under-considered to this day.

The exhibition will remain on display through January 4, 2023.

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WHERE

Galleri Urbane Dallas
2277 Monitor St, Dallas, TX 75207, USA
https://www.galleriurbane.com/exhibitions-current

TICKET INFO

Admission is free.

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