Megan Reed - What Color is the Sacred?

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Megan Reed - What Color is the Sacred?

New York

Megan Reed - What Color is the Sacred?
to Sun 20 Mar 2022
Thur-Mon 11am-6pm
Artist: Megan Reed

Halsey McKay presents What Color is the Sacred?, a solo show of new sculpture by Megan Reed.


Meg's Teeth, 2021

Foamular, wood, hydrocal, plaster, aqua resin, acrylic, sparurethane
26 x 22 x 13 inches (66 x 55.9 x 33 cm)

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Cairn, 2021

Foam, hydrocal, aqua resin, acrylic, sparurethane
20 x 14 x 6 inches (50.8 x 35.6 x 15.2 cm)

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The Autobiography of Red, 2021

Foam, wire, hydrocal, aqua resin, acrylic, sparurethane
30.25 x 14.5 x 8.5 inches (76.8 x 36.8 x 21.6 cm)

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Golden Child (Cumbrian sun), 2021

Foam, hydrocal, plaster, aqua resin, acrylic, sparurethane
32 x 28 x 12.5 inches (81.3 x 71.1 x 31.8 cm)

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Cumbrian Lullaby (the deep, ancient sounds of spring), 2021

Foam, hydrocal, plaster, aqua resin, acrylic, sparurethane
33 x 27 x 12 inches (83.8 x 68.6 x 30.5 cm)

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The exhibition draws its title from anthropologist Michael Taussig’s ethnography of color from Western and Non-Western viewpoints. Taussig explores how color in various cultures is associated with the foreign, the feminine, the childish; how it can be deemed frivolous while simultaneously be supremely powerful. Reed deems color as inherently political and potent, interested in it as a vernacular through which to claim space and with which to explore formal relationships.

Megan Reed creates pieces from the detritus of single-use culture by forming discardable packaging into tangible, present day, absurdist relics or contemporary figures. She begins by cutting or using existing shapes from materials at hand, often styrofoam, cardboard or plywood, through a process of drawing and collage. These shapes are then fused together with hydrocal creating a kind of permanence: an individualized, unique handmade object from mass produced materials. For Reed, the plaster places them in the vernacular of ancient and modern architecture and monuments. Referencing stone circles, the colors of urban architecture, Cyclopean rock formations, and cairns, her work represents sites of community, feats of human engineering, and places for leaving marks.

Reed has a background in theater and sees her groups of sculptures as characters of sorts. Arranged on one large plinth, the installation invites the viewer into the room as a kind of performer/participant on the same stage. The works’ chromatic surfaces come with a serious request: that play can be political and transformational, both radical and community-generating.

Courtesy of the artist and Halsey McKay Gallery

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