For the gallerys initial presentation in the Hudson Valley, Abattoir is exhibiting paintings by Caitlin MacBride and sculptures by Dominic Palarchio, two artists whose work is shaped significantly by their experience and research around labor and craft. Palarchios practice applies metonymy to locate where hardship lies, reminding us of economy and placeand the inevitability of our relationship with them. His work emanates from Detroits post-industrial condition; many of his sculptures rely on classed sources to replicate the tangible and affective efforts that define their utility. Palarchio is interested in how objectsimbued with evidence of prior ownership evoke working conditions as inhospitable systems that negatively shape lives lived beyond the workplace.
MacBride studies the handmade objects and histories of the Shaker communities in the Northeast, sects which held work and workmanship sacred to their religious worship. The parity of the sexes and independence of women featured prominently in the Shaker belief system. MacBrides oil paintings on panel and canvas examine these histories in works that vibrate with mystery and literary intelligence.
Palarchio and MacBride have both exhibited with Abattoir in the past; Palarchio as part of this summers FRONT International in Cleveland: MacBride at the gallerys NADA Miami presentation last winter.
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