Jeffrey Mongrain January 24 - March 21, 2008
Museum Reception: Thursday, January 24, 2008 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
A solo exhibition of sculpture by Jeffrey
Mongrain will be displayed at the Museum from January 24 through
March 21, 2008. The exhibition will also contain photographs of
Jeffrey Mongrain was born in International
Falls, Minnesota in 1956. He received a BFA from the University
of Minnesota and MFA from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville,
Jeffrey Mongrain has been a Professor of Art
at Hunter College in New York City since 1995. He previously taught
for seven years at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland.
Mongrain creates both gallery-based
works and site-specific pieces. The sited works are primarily located
in spiritual spaces. His gallery-based sculptures are reductive
and generally reference iconic forms. There is a compelling oblique
narrative suggested by Mongrain’s sculptures that also reflects
an autobiographical politic. Scientific findings and religious philosophy
are the conceptual foundation of his emotive forms.
78 x 44 x 4 inches, clay
This door frame, styled after a Gothic
molding, is the size of the average walk through metal detector.
The sill at the bottom of the frame is cast from the entrance of
the New York City FBI Building in lower Manhattan.
Pierced Moose with Branch,
33 x 11 x 4 inches, clay and resin
This work, originally exhibited in the
artist’s home state of Minnesota, is based on the destructive
effects of global warming. Shorter winters are decreasing the nutrients
in the foliage of the northern regions. Moose, although continuing
to eat their traditional amount of food, are slowly dying of starvation.
An Evening’s Breath, 2001,
6 x 29 x 21 inches, clay, water, and wax
Collection of the Museum of Arts and Design, NY, NY
This sculptural pillow form is based on
European cryptal statuary in which the heads of full-length reclining
bodies rest on pillows. The head impression of this piece holds
8.5 oz. of water, the average amount of moisture a woman respires
over eight hours of sleep.