ALL FINALISTS / MACON REED

Macon Reed

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work spans sculpture, installation, video, painting, and participatory projects. She creates immersive sculptural installations that are activated through carefully considered public programming and invite people to think about a breadth of contemporary issues, from Trump-era politics to the dwindling number of lesbian and dyke bars in the U.S. Her recent installation These Are Not Fables reflects on the COVID-19 pandemic and asks people to consider what they have learned since 2020, and what they want to change going forward.
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Photo by Angela Yonke, courtesy the artist
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These Are Not Fables
Material: Mixed media
Dimension: Dimensions variable; site specific installation at Tinworks Art, Bozeman, MT

These Are Not Fables is a large-scale, interactive sculptural installation that interrogates ideas of collective and individual mourning, healing and remembering. It is centered around a spinning, oversize Tower card, a major arcana of the tarot deck that suggests renewal or destruction. The presence of the card indicates a choice the viewer must make between these opposing ideas during the time of COVID-19.

Photo by Angela Yonke, courtesy the artist
These Are Not Fables
Material: Mixed media
Dimension: Dimensions variable; site specific installation at Tinworks Art, Bozeman, MT

The installation is made of six multi-dimensional altars, each focusing on an aspect of pandemic and plague histories, drawing parallels to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Constructed from paper clay, cardboard, and wood, and painted with dense and bursting colors, some altars look to treatments, such as bloodletting during the bubonic plague, AZT from HIV/AIDs, and breathing machines from the 1918 influenza pandemic.

Courtesy the artist; Photo: Angela Yorke
These Are Not Fables (detail)
Material: Mixed media
Dimension: Dimensions variable; site specific installation at Tinworks Art, Bozeman, MT

Other altars are dedicated to ecological impacts and protests, pointing to the widespread effects of plagues on environmental and social histories. Completing this display of altars is an oversized coffin sculpture, which visitors are invited to lie in and reflect on the histories and questions explored in Reed’s installation.

Courtesy the artist; Photo: Angela Yorke
Eulogy For The Dyke Bar
Material: Mixed media
Dimension: Dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist; Photo: Mark Strandquist
Eulogy For The Dyke Bar
Material: Mixed media
Dimension: Dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist; Photo: Mark Strandquist
Eulogy For The Dyke Bar (detail)
Material: Mixed media
Dimension: Dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist; Photo: Mark Strandquist
A Pressing Conference
Material: Mixed media
Dimension: Dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist; Photo: Benjy Russell
A Pressing Conference (activated)
Material: Mixed media
Dimension: Dimensions variable
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Discussion with Macon Reed
Runtime: 10:42
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