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Soft Spot by Timothy Veske-McMahon

Exhibition  /  08 Sep 2018  -  06 Oct 2018
Published: 30.08.2018
Timothy Veske McMahon. Brooch: Tender II, 2018. Sterling silver, brass.. 9.7 x 6.5 x 0.4 cm. Timothy Veske McMahon
Brooch: Tender II, 2018
Sterling silver, brass.
9.7 x 6.5 x 0.4 cm
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Intro
American artist Timothy Veske-McMahon consistently challenges the body, the heart, and the mind with profound concepts, using jewelry as a vehicle. His newest series, Soft Spot, probes the human dilemma, by addressing memory rather than presence. To Veske-McMahon a soft spot is "a fondness, predilection, and bias. The sore and tender weaknesses that define us. An obscuring blur in vision, memory, or ability." Gallery Loupe is proud to present these works, along with the timely concerns they embrace.

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Timothy Veske-McMahon
Perception is one of Veske-McMahon's key precepts. How do we view people in the world around us - our family, friends, colleagues, and strangers? How do we relate to the objects that surround us - both physically and symbolically? When, and why, do things sometimes appear distorted to us, and how can we process these aberrations? With Soft Spot, Veske-McMahon ponders the question of what is real, what we know to be false, what we wish to remember, and how our rapidly advancing technology affects it all.

The brooches that comprise Soft Spot wrestle with loss, grief, and remembrance within the construct of today's post-truth era of fake news and alternative facts. In order to reorient and reorganize our relationship with veracity, Veske-McMahon turns to philosophy. Citing Immanuel Kant, he asks us to divide truth into a phenomenon (thing) or noumenon (thing-in-itself) - i.e., what we perceive to be true, as opposed to that which exists outside of the realm of appearances. Veske-McMahon likens the noumenon to the unknowable/unseeable/untouchable in regards to memory, loss and grief. He detects this lack mirrored in the contemporary family and society at large, lamenting its absence. He tells us: Truth-in-itself does not exist for us, as the thing-in-itself is inaccessible to the perceiver. Nonetheless, he cautions, the acceptance of the human condition as estranged from truth is far from palliative.

About artist:
Timothy Veske-McMahon is an Assistant Professor at Rhode Island School of Design, where he is Graduate Program Director for Jewelry and Metalsmithing. He holds a MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art (2013) and BFA in Sculpture (with honors) from Pratt Institute (2004). In 2013 he was Artist-in-Residence at the Estonian Academy of Arts in the Jewelry and Blacksmithing Department. Veske-McMahon has had solo exhibitions at Brooklyn Metal Works in Brooklyn, New York; Beyond Fashion Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium; and Flat Gallery in Bratislava, Slovakia and participated in group shows in Amsterdam, Stockholm, Munich, Tbilisi, and Beijing in addition to Asheville, North Carolina and Boston, Massachusetts. He has won numerous awards and received several grants; his work is included in the collection of the Yale University Art Gallery.

Opening

Saturday, 8th of Sep, 6 pm - 8 pm.
Timothy Veske McMahon. Brooch: Buffer II, 2018. Sterling silver, brass.. 6.6 x 22.7 x 0.4 cm. Timothy Veske McMahon
Brooch: Buffer II, 2018
Sterling silver, brass.
6.6 x 22.7 x 0.4 cm
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Timothy Veske McMahon. Brooch: Buffer I, 2018. Sterling silver, brass.. 9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 cm. Timothy Veske McMahon
Brooch: Buffer I, 2018
Sterling silver, brass.
9.8 x 9.8 x 0.4 cm
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Timothy Veske McMahon. Brooch: Noumenon, 2018. 14K gold filled, brass.. 9 x 9 x 0.4 cm. Timothy Veske McMahon
Brooch: Noumenon, 2018
14K gold filled, brass.
9 x 9 x 0.4 cm
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