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"Wet Dream" - Megan Ellen Macdonald

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Saturday, 17 December 2022
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Saturday, 17 December 2022 - 6:00pm

Hashimoto Contemporary is pleased to present Wet Dream, a solo exhibition by Toronto-based artist Megan Ellen MacDonald. The exhibition will be MacDonald’s second solo presentation at Hashimoto Contemporary, and debut solo exhibition in New York City.

Utilizing 3D software and virtual reality to create intricate scenes, the artist reinterprets these compositions via traditional oil painting techniques informed by historical still life painting of the Dutch Golden Era. Continuing the exploration of contrasting themes of objectification and power, MacDonald expands on how these themes relate to the femme experience through coded iconography.

For Wet Dream, the artist depicts distorted, opulent tableaus of natural elements filled with flowers, skulls and fruit, which allude to the commodification and seduction within an elaborate inner world; one that clumsily mimics elements of ours but maintains its own unique aesthetic. Glossy, overly ripe fruits and flowers hang from delicate stems, drooping heavily from the weight. Shucked oysters tantalizingly call to the viewer, holding a shimmering pearl at it’s center. MacDonald’s saturated palette is slick and full of shades of pink, what is considered to be a traditionally femme color.

About the latest body of work, the artist states, “each work serves as a memento mori and love letter to the complexities of nature that we take for granted. While the work explores feminine identity and the dichotomy of gender and power, the narratives in the exhibition include references to the fragility and beauty of the natural world.”

Seductive yet unnerving in their surreal nature, the artist paints scenes which allude to the impact of human intervention with nature, and our inclination to replace real world experiences with more curated, commodified existences.

Please join us Saturday, December 17th from 6pm to 8pm for the opening of Wet Dream. The artist will be in attendance.

The gallery will be releasing a new limited edition print with Megan Ellen MacDonald in conjunction with the exhibition. For details please email info@hashimotocontemporary.com. The exhibition will be on view Saturday, December 17th, 2022 to Saturday, January 7th, 2023. For more information, additional images, or exclusive content, please email Director, Jennifer Rizzo at jenn@hashimotocontemporary.com

Venue ( Address ): 

54 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

Hashimoto Contemporary , San Francisco

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