Chapter Three: Slow Burner

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Marissa Hermann, Madison Manning and Codi Maddox

June 7th - June 29th, 2019

The Mast is proud to have present the solo exhibitions by New York City based Marissa Herrmann, Nashville based Madison Manning and Atlanta based Codi Maddox. The show will be up from June 7th to June 29th and the opening reception will be Friday, June 7th from 6-10pm.

Slow Burner is a collection of exhibitions by women who revel in the glory of the absurd. Abstracted forms of reality are constructed by scavenged materials for the purpose of sentimentality. Manning’s assemblages of craft materials in neon pink and green lie in conversation with Herrmann’s oversized lips with a four-foot cigarette and Maddox’s hodgepodged collages. The youthful play of imagery is dulled by the gritty life experiences that influenced their work. Marred by duress, these women’s work journal their path as they navigate spaces that are not intended for them.

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Marissa Herrmann

I Don’t Know If I Love You Or If I Want To Be You

Marissa Herrmann (b. 1986) is a New Jersey native and has lived in New York City for the past 14 years during where she received a BFA in Photography from The School of Visual Arts, NY. She is a freelance prop stylist and set designer, specializing in finding objects that can tell stories and placing them in unusual situations. She is currently addressing her swelling archive of personal, diaristic photographs that document her many adventures in the rapidly shifting landscape of the US.


Madison Manning

Party Of One

“Construction and gentrification are constant. Spaces are popping up around me every day that are “safe”. They are safe to the people who refer to my neighborhood as sketchy because safe for them means expensive which means elite which means exclusive and all of those words just mean rich + white + cis + straight.

We have a handful of gay bars. I feel comfortable going alone to watch local drag and play bingo, but I become a ~*scene*~ when I kiss a woman because it’s a gay bar, not a lesbian bar. Two women kissing is still a shock to the flocks of Bachelorette parties who just came to dance with their GBFF’s.

Being out in the South makes me feel restricted and scared more than normal about seeing guns around but I’ve also felt love and joy, and community but I guess what I’m really trying to say is I wish Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Party For One’ didn’t resonate so hard with how I feel about where I live.”

Madison Manning is an artist, educator and lesbian who works to bring intersectional queer empowerment through sculptures, lectures and workshops. She received her BFA in Jewelry Design + Metalsmithing from Texas Tech University in 2015 and her MFA in Sculpture from New Mexico State University in 2018. In the summer of 2018, Madison moved from the Southwest to the South and began teaching Sculpture as an Adjunct Professor at Belmont University, Nashville. She has shown nationally, including Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and Mary Sky in Vermont. She has been an Artist-In-Residence at DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Arts Letters & Numbers in Averill Park, New York.


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Codi Maddox

Actually From Atlanta

Codi Maddox (b. 1994) is an Atlanta born self-taught artist depicting and narrating urban life. Inspired from her experience growing up in the pre-gentrified neighborhood of Kirkwood, her work shows scenes from an era that is slipping away with every newly constructed condo. She had a dynamic upbringing; Gucci Mane blared loud on the way to school by day and Miles Davis documentaries played after school in the evening. Her paintings memorialize objects in the homes of original Atlantans that are markers cultural identity.