Magazine article Sculpture

Bryan Art Gallery, Coastal Carolina University

Magazine article Sculpture

Bryan Art Gallery, Coastal Carolina University

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Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina

Jackson Martin

Through November 17, 2017

Martin's work typically strikes a collaborative détente between nature and culture that acknowledges the human urge to control while accepting the unpredictable and constantly changing world around us. His industrially perfect and carefully worked steel, wood, glass, and plastic frames and vitrines, however, never quite tame their organic contents (plants, dirt, and water), becoming metaphors for the folly of utopian ordering systems. The new works featured in "Work Ethic," which emphasize commitment to craftsmanship, set up a similar equation in regard to making. What is the value of labor today? Why make things by hand at all? For too many people, making has become just another outmoded definition of humanity. …

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