Michael Jones McKean

2021

HM Place recipient

My work explores the nature of forming objects in relation to folklore, technology, anthropology, and mysticism. My sculptures court an interest in deep time, timescales and their collapse, in the process decentering anthropocentric registrations of meaning and event.

  • The Commune

    The Commune 7x7x3' 2019

    A project for Super Dutchess, a small, street level gallery located in the Lower East Side on Orchard street.

  • The Fall

    The Fall 102x66x29" 2019

    Hermetic chamber actively modeling an ancient atmosphere from the Cambrian period, 485-540 million years ago - the moment all earthly life can be traced back to a common ancestor. Enshrouded in this

  • The Ground

    The Ground 60x16x15' 2017

    dimensional lumber, steel, plaster, paint, burlap, lighting, artificial plants, plastic, wigs, prosthetic silicone, acrylic eyes, fabric, makeup, clay, dirt, sand, rags, resin, grout, urethane, bed, f

  • The Ground (detail)

    The Ground (detail) 60x16x15' 2017

    dimensional lumber, steel, plaster, paint, burlap, lighting, artificial plants, plastic, wigs, prosthetic silicone, acrylic eyes, fabric, makeup, clay, dirt, sand, rags, resin, grout, urethane, bed, f

  • Proxima Centauri b.

    Proxima Centauri b. 74x40.5x2" 2017

    A cold-cast, metallic alloy, wall sculpture depicting a group of anthropologically diverse hand axes embedded in a carved, low-relief solar panel. This work — one of 9 others within the series — was e

  • The Ceremony

    The Ceremony 70x74x9" 2013

    From the exhibition 'Seven Sculptures' at Horton Gallery, in New York City.

  • The Ceremony  (detail)

    The Ceremony (detail) 70x74x9" 2013

    From the exhibition 'Seven Sculptures' at Horton Gallery, in New York City.

  • Sister Giving Birth

    Sister Giving Birth 84x84x39" 2013

    A sculpture depicting an ancient olive tree in the throes of both death and renewal, fabricated in stainless steel and resin. Growing from its trunk, a wonky psychedelic ring suspending a hair braid s

  • The Commune (detail)

    The Commune (detail) 7x7x3' 2019

    A project for Super Dutchess, a small, street level gallery located in the Lower East Side on Orchard street.

  • The Religion

    The Religion 36x8.5x8' 2013

    Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, NY