Carly Mandel

Jan 13 - Feb 11, 2018
Opening reception, Jan 13, 6-9PM

Carly Mandel  Honeywell,  2017.

Carly Mandel Honeywell, 2017.

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Carly Mandel’s sculptural practice explores the vulnerability, trauma and pain of disabled bodies, calling attention to misconceptions of what these bodies look like, and how they move through the world. From her own experiences with disability and autoimmune disease, Mandel establishes counter-narratives that seek to address dominant perceptions of disability in contemporary society. For her one-person show at 77 Mulberry, Mandel presents new works reflecting on the relationship of the household object to the home-bound body, examining where disability and functionality necessarily bond.            

Continuing her experimentation with assistive devices, Mandel presents Honeywell, a humidifier contained in tinted cement, perched atop a glass side table. With it’s tension of physical weight, Honeywell gives form to the sense of a body straining against its supportive structures, and to the presence of medicinal appliances in the lives of the disabled.  A wispy stream of scented vapor can be seen escaping from a glowing, irregular orifice in the surface of the piece. Fittingly, the scent is eucalyptus, an essential oil used to reduce inflammation and ease pain. This soothing odor fills the room with an aromatic association to alternative medicine.

Echoing the material strategies in Honeywell is a three piece set of hand-blown glassware titled L2/L3/L4, displayed on a small floating shelf installed on a wall covered in customized jacquard wallpaper. The wallpaper print, C4/C5, consists of a distorted, patterned image file sourced from the artist’s recent spine x-ray.    

Through the use of related material strategies such as hand-sculpting and glass-blowing, Mandel forges connections between the rigid, industrially produced textures of the medical apparatus and the soft malleability of embodied experience. Together, the objects in Osseous work to formally communicate the fragility of the body and the traumatic interruption of utility caused by disability.



Carly Mandel lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She holds a BFA from The Pacific Northwest College of Art (2015). Mandel was recently awarded a VSA Emerging Artist Grant, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts & Disability Program. This is her first New York solo exhibition.

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