Celine Chalem

Martha Jackson Gallery

Celine Chalem’s sculptured tables at the Martha Jackson Gallery are as unabashedly sensualist as they are emphatically practical in aim. Chalem doesn’t think of her pieces as unapproachable, pristine objects. Rather, the wood, marble, bronze, or glazed ceramic free-form torsos, accommodating fruits and spheres into the curves or depressions of the body’s relief, are meant to be touched, handled, eaten upon, and celebrated with.

In works such as the Playboy Breakfast Table, halved melons and apples open to reveal cups, bowls, or breasts, and the shallows smoothed into the silvered surface are receptacles for food or plates to eat upon. The interchangeable parts are meant expressly to be played with or sampled, so that eating becomes a deliciously expanded tactile game. Chalem’s preference for rounded and highly polished forms executed in marble and bronze no doubt reflects her contacts with

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