Nevine Mahmoud

August 6 – September 27, 2020

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Nevine Mahmoud

August 6 – September 27, 2020
Opening reception: Sunday, August 2, 2 – 5 PM


The Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery was pleased to present the first institutional solo exhibition by artist Nevine Mahmoud. 


Mahmoud makes provocative sculptures from glass, steel, resin and precious stones such as onyx, alabaster and marble. Her work often takes the form of plump fruits, or isolated parts of the body, from curvaceous busts and tongues to voluptuous peaches and cherries. The almost clinical presentation of her sculptures, with their pristine polished surfaces and immaculate pedestals, stand in stark contrast to their fleshy volumes. Mahmoud has been experimented with hybridised forms, in which hollowed out anatomies become co-opted as domestic furnishings such as vessels or lamps. Rendered in sometimes sickly hues or jewel tones, and severed from the rest of the body, Mahmoud’s creations are defamiliarized from the human body to become suggestive of some otherworldly, more surreal entity.


In another body of work, which includes playground slides, beach balls and puzzle pieces, Mahmoud creates sculptures that connote objects of play. Combining elemental compositions and primary colors with cold, fragile materials, these works frustrate our instinct to touch and explore. Furthermore, the contrast between these childish things and Mahmoud’s more sensual objects creates an unsettling, almost disturbing effect. This juxtaposition invites us to consider the psychological origins of such bodily impulses as abjection and attraction. The exhibition included a selection of recent sculptures and installations, alongside a number of new works created especially for the gallery.


Nevine Mahmoud (b. 1988, London, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA) received her BA from Goldsmiths, University of London and MFA from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Her work was recently on view in The Artist is Present, curated by Maurizio Cattelan, at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. Recent group exhibitions include Dreamers Awake: Women Artists After Surrealism at White Cube, London; The Poet, the Critic and the Missing at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; MADEMOISELLE at the Centre Régional D’art Contemporain Occitanie in Sète; This is Presence at Ballroom Marfa; and The Lasting Concept at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. Other thematic exhibitions include I Had the Landscape in My Arms at Josh Lilley, London; An Uncanny Order at Jessica Silverman, San Francisco; Debris at James Fuentes, New York; and Seven Reeds at Overduin & Co., Los Angeles. f o r e p l a y (2017) at M+B was the artist’s debut solo exhibition and was selected as an Artforum Critics’ Pick. Other notable press includes MOUSSE, Art Review, New York Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and Contemporary Art Daily. Nevine Mahmoud lives and works in Los Angeles. 

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December 4, 2019