Material Lust, New York
Material Lust [American, b.1981,1986]
The Return of the Oppressed.
ML’s work focuses on the steady influx of external and internal oppression on our populace, and the way that oppression and society’s reaction to it manifest in our built environment.
ML has identified pressures and stresses that we have labeled as oppression. This oppression can be external and environmental or internal and physiological. The external includes the oppressive nature of our current sociological, geopolitical and economic climate. The internal includes our declining mental health and degrading quality of life, as well as incurable diseases and the effect of aging on the body. These oppressors take a toll on our collective physical and mental health. In turn the populace has found ways to cope with and defend against these pressures via modern distractions and self soothing. Put another way, the populace has developed their own protective skin to defend against these oppressors.
Return of the Oppressed shows how the oppressors, the populace, and our protective skins manifest in the built environment through a series of sculptures, reliefs and paintings. ML has included modern materials such as rubber, latex and plastic as well as old world materials like hardwood, plaster and steel. The nesting forms are arranged in a way that infers protection, and a sense of armoring oneself. Much of the work is purposely stalled in a prototype stage of development in order to add layers without losing the texture of the original form.