A set of six water glasses, inscribed with the simple word “TEARS,” Laurel Nakadate’s Drinking Glass (2011) turn a simple object into a ritualistic vessel. Filled with sadness and potency, like much of Nakadate’s work, they occupy a liminal space between empathy and sadism.
About the Work
Produced exclusively for the Zabludowicz Collection, to coincide with Laurel Nakadate first Uk solo exhibition (29 September - 11 December 2011).
Artist Edition, Glasses, Set of six.
Size: 12cm tall, 7cm diameter
About the Artist
Laurel Nakadate’s videos, photographs, and sculptures challenge conventional notions of propriety, volition, and gender roles. The complicated spectacles she constructs with male strangers walk a thin line between voluntary embarrassment and exploitation. Nakadate’s three-channel video projection I Wanna Be Your Mid-Life Crisis features the artist encouraging middle-aged men to dance and undress themselves while she participates by doing likewise. They candidly struggle to appease or ingratiate themselves to her, creating a sense of palpable discomfort in the viewer.
Nakadate was featured in MoMA PS1’s 2005 survey of emerging artists, "Greater New York," and she had a solo show at the museum in 2011. In 2009, Nakadate directed her first feature-length film, Stay the Same Never Change