Rita McBride: New Sculpture
Nov 14 – Dec 20, 1997
Alexander and Bonin is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent sculpture by Rita McBride. This is McBride's first exhibition with the gallery.
McBride's work has often focused on architecture -- both the promises of Modernism and the blemishes of its manifestation. She has worked in a variety of materials including rattan, photography, plaster and cardboard. At Alexander and Bonin she will exhibit both bronzes and works executed in glass. The bronzes are based on parking garage architecture -- both as buildings and as ramp systems. The glass works also relate to architectural details, i.e. a balcony, spaceframe or awning. The glass sculptures were produced in Murano, Italy.
Concurrent with the show in New York will be a large exhibition at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam where McBride will exhibit two installations, each of which occupy an entire floor of the museum. One of these, Arena, a coliseum like structure executed in contemporary materials will remain installed at Witte de With after McBride's exhibition, as a forum for programming through Summer 1998.
Rita McBride received an MFA from CalArts in 1987 and has exhibited internationally since 1990. She has had three one-person exhibitions at Margo Leavin Gallery in Los Angeles and two with Michael Klein Gallery in New York. In the past two years she has made collaborative installations with Hsin-Ming Fung, Catherine Opie and Lawrence Weiner.