Michelle Marcuse: Holding Absence

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Michelle Marcuse: Holding Absence

January 23, 2020 - February 23, 2020


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The List Gallery is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions: Michelle Marcuse: Holding Absence and Henry Bermudez: Tattooed Nature. The exhibitions will take place January 23–February 23, 2020. The artists will lecture about their work on Thursday, January 23 at 4:30 PM in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema. A reception will follow in the List Gallery, 5:30–7:00 PM. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays–Sundays, Noon–5:00 PM.


Marcuse and Bermudez create imaginative, poetic worlds informed by personal and multicultural mythologies. Both artists offer varied insights into the experience of cultural dislocation, immigration, environmental duress, colonization, and socio-political tensions. Through hybridizing pictorial traditions, Marcuse’s constructions and Bermudez’s mixedmedia paintings suspend and interrogate aesthetic paradigms, offering dream-like spaces that liberate the imagination.


Michelle Marcuse: Holding Absence

Michelle Marcuse’s creative practice is an ongoing dialogue between her childhood memories, dreamt worlds, and environmental circumstances. Holding Absence continues this conversation through suspended and wall-mounted constructions and mixed-media reliefs. In these works, Marcuse transforms mass-produced and discarded materials to question our relationship to waste and subvert expectations of structural integrity.

Marcuse’s formative years growing up in the South African Apartheid system inscribed in her a sensitivity to the instability of structures and the potential for regeneration. Her List Gallery exhibition reflects this heightened awareness. Marcuse stacks, mends, and warps found cardboard into shifting structures that appear at once on the brink of collapse and expansion, destruction and emergence. Her works suggest the dual possibilities of decay and regrowth, fragility and endurance. Marcuse uses nontraditional elements to create metaphors for the architecture of our built environments and societal systems. These pieces generate a new language of experimentation, while also leaving space for imaginative lingering.



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