International Sculpture Center
Facebook Twitter Instagram

Sculpture cover


May 2015
Vol. 34 No. 4

A publication of the
International Sculpture Center
*Read the full article online!
Michael Jones McKean and the Set of All Things
by Dinah Ryan

colors passing through us, 2014.In 2011, Michael Jones McKean began a series of segmented low-relief sculptures whose titles suggest an unnerving, impossible, but seductive universality. Each work is designated by a categorical term preceded by “the”—The Republic, The Religion, The Folklore, The Comedy, The Garden—singly and collectively referencing the human effort to interpret, theorize, associate, narrate, classify, and collate. An artist whose attention to nuanced verbal structures corresponds to the ontological connotations of his sculptures, McKean makes the definite article function as a vortex. “The” draws each generic category into a teeming center, a singularity that releases particular and descriptive potentialities. All that is present, past, or possible is there—a specific, inclusive, yet ultimately inexplicable infinite, a “set of all things.” Within the physical metaphysics of McKean’s sculptures, matter is data ...see the entire article in the print version of May's Sculpture magazine.

colors passing through us, 2014. Wood, paint, marine resin, meta-anthracite, medical cast, nail polish, morphine, vitamins, psychostimulants, gem stones, soot, plastic, lighting, stainless steel, and green screen fabric, 7.5 x 3.92 x 1 ft

Complete text in print version available at fine newsstands and through subscription. Please visit our Membership page for more information.

Click here for Sculpture magazine ARCHIVES
To advertise in Sculpture magazine, call 718.812.8826 or e-mail

Click here to sign up for a digital subscription ($60) to Sculpture