September 8 – November 11, 2012
Murray & Ledger Galleries
Trent Manning’s sculptures cleverly balance the often mismatching qualities of childlike whimsy and dark humor. As if on a sort of artistic seesaw, Manning pairs lighthearted elements such as alphabet blocks, rocking horses, and wagons with grimacing characters, boasting large bald heads, empty eyes, and prominent beaklike noses. The artist’s cynical wit and playfulness shine through his pieces. Assembling his sculptures from discarded metal, old tools, and wire, he transforms junk into eclectic masterpieces.