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Michelle Segre, Porous, Porous, 2014, metal, foam, wire, wood, plaster, modeling clay, yarn, thread, plastic lace, bread, 109 x 50 1/2 x 22".

Michelle Segre

Derek Eller Gallery

Michelle Segre, Porous, Porous, 2014, metal, foam, wire, wood, plaster, modeling clay, yarn, thread, plastic lace, bread, 109 x 50 1/2 x 22".

Michelle Segre’s sculptures have the feel of totemic objects assembled to ward off bad luck—or perhaps to draw in a thing intensely desired. Indeed, their spiritual and formal antecedents may be the God’s-eye and the dream catcher, two objects drained of much of their original power thanks to their appropriation by New Age culture and kitschy tourist shops. Segre’s works, however, suggest action, impulse, pulse—energy flowing first one way, then the other, intensities announced in the title of the largest work that was on view here, Self-Reflexive Narcissistic Supernova, 2013. The piece, which has one of the best titles for a sculpture in recent memory, was the centerpiece of “Systems of Escape Velocity,” the New York–based artist’s fifth show in this gallery.

The work is anchored by an enormous wax mushroom cap set on its side, a sensuous Louise Bourgeois–style form

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