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Michael Queenland, Bread & Balloons

Harris Lieberman Gallery
89 Vandam Street, 212-206-1290
February 17 - March 17, 2007
Reception: Saturday, February 17, 6 - 8 PM
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Queenland’s work conveys a sense of ephemera through a resistance to overt representation, encouraging personal exploration and analytic effort by the viewer. Through his sculptures, photographs, and installations, he shifts traditional symbolic associations, abstracting familiar objects without eliminating their original forms. The resulting works have an aura of mystery despite the familiarity of their content.

The title of the exhibition, Bread & Balloons, refers to its main sculptural elements, and reflects the artist’s interest in the relationship between language and form. Queenland cast a range of balloons in a variety of materials (plaster, latex, bronze) and juxtaposes them with enlarged porcelain replicas of rustic breads. Scattered throughout the gallery, Queenland’s sculptures lie in cornucopian baskets, dangle from the ceiling on long industrial chains, and rest on bases inspired by the sculptures of Constantin Brancusi. By casting his breads in porcelain, the artist removes all practical purpose, aligning them with the decorative and whimsical qualities already inherent to balloons. The absurd combination of these two disparate elements questions conventional distinctions between objects, and their formal arrangements hint at undertones of sexuality.

In addition to these sculptures, Queenland presents a new series of color photographs, enlarged snapshots of a snowy night viewed from the window of his Brooklyn apartment. Queenland aims to extend the liminal state evoked by his sculptures and photographs through the construction of a blank, unoccupied hallway, capped by two doors, which serves as a threshold from the front gallery into the smaller rear space.
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