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Michael Aurbach

Michael Aurbach, Critical Theorist, 2003. mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.

Michael Aurbach, Critical Theorist, 2003. mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.

Museum of Contemporary Art - Jacksonville

By Claire Fenton

The UNF Gallery at MOCA Jacksonville is presenting an exhibition of the distinguished sculptor Michael Aurbach. His sculptures, inspired by social themes have been exhibited throughout the United States and have appeared in leading specialized publications. This exposition included a workshop in which the artist worked with UNF students.

Aurbach’s oeuvre always offers a commentary full of humor regarding topics such as death, identity, and also issues of economic and social interest like white collar fraud, as well as academic politics and institutional behavior.

His sculptures are generally large-format pieces of complex manufacture on which the artist has worked several months and even years. They are polished pieces in which he makes use of a play on metaphors by creating somewhat absurd situations that call upon the viewer to reflect.

In creating these situations that call for laughter, Aurbach exposes the superficiality and insincerity evidenced by many theories and tendencies in the fields of economics and politics, as well as critical thinking in the academic world, which far from facilitating access to knowledge, only serves to feed egos. Through April 29, 2013.

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