I first fell for Portia Munson at Art Basel in 2019. Her piece, The Garden, from 1996, was absolutely phenomenal. It’s one of those art installations that I’ll never forget. You can read my blog post here.
My heart skipped a beat when I found out one of my favorite galleries P.P.O.W. was having a show of Munson’s work. Bound Angel did not disappoint. The exhibition runs through August 19th.
“For over three decades, Munson has created maximal installations, sculptures, paintings, and digital prints using a vast accumulation of ready-made consumer products to decipher the latent cultural codes embedded in mass-produced items. Combing through second-hand stores, yard sales, and flea markets, Munson collects hundreds of objects, each one a surrogate for the thousands just like it around the world. Furthering this decades-long investigation, Bound Angel examines the impact of mass production on the formation of identity and the resulting connection between the ongoing struggle for gender equality and the mounting ecological crisis.” (P.P.O.W.)
Below are a few of my favorites from Functional Women, 2017-2022. A suite of 60 unique drawings. Graphite on Strathmore 100% cotton rag acid free paper. Dimensions variable.
I’m neurotic about cord safety. Below is a classic DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME disclaimer. I’m guessing it all gets unplugged when the gallery is closed!