Nevine Mahmoud / MATRIX 188

February 3 – May 1, 2022

Nevine Mahmoud’s sculptural installations invite an exploration of nature and the body through dark humor, shifting forms, unexpected colors, and surprising materials. Fragile glass, hard stone, and molded resin compose Mahmoud’s objects. At once sensual, ambiguous, and menacing, they evoke lips, breasts, and buttocks as much as fruit, flowers, mechanisms, and toys. Across the gallery space—arranged intuitively by the artist—conversations connect and blur the lines between surreal content and a pop aesthetic, the handmade and the manufactured, art objects and display furniture, and longstanding notions of masculinity and femininity.

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Images (from left): Nevine Mahmoud, Wax Lips seated, 2021. Polyester resin, plastic, plastic chair, and steel hardware. Courtesy the artist and M+B, Los Angeles. Photo: Ed Mumford; Toy/Intruder, 2020. Handblown glass, polyester resin, and aluminum, 36 x 10 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artist and Soft Opening, London. Photo: Daniel Terna

MATRIX 188 is generously supported by The Saunders Foundation and the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Contemporary Coalition.

Sustaining support for the Wadsworth Atheneum provided by the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s United Arts Campaign with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts.