Is this Recyclable?
656 5th Avenue, 718-788-0170
August 26 - October 4, 2009
Reception: Friday, August 28, 7 - 9 PM
Under Minerva is pleased to announce Is this Recyclable?
, a group
exhibition that examines how artists utilize recycled products, found
objects and other non-traditional materials to create their artwork.
This thirteen-person show focuses on artists who break away from
traditional materials and use what is often overlooked or readily
available to them as catalyst for their creations.
For nearly one hundred years, artists have been using non-traditional
objects to create art. In 1915, Marcel Duchamp coined the term
‘readymade’ to describe his found art. In the 1980s and 1990s, many artists
began focusing on mass-produced items. At present, several artists are using
discarded objects and recycled materials as their medium. Is This Recyclable?
contemplates whether this trend is a response to environmental issues,
commentary on the increase in consumerism or an attempt to uncover new
meaning for the object.
From sculptures made out of recycled objects, portraits created out of
keyboard keys and melted down pill bottles that create a flowing
installation, Is this Recyclable?
is a dialogue between what the object
once was and what the object now is. The artists featured are: Angela
Basile, Jasmine Begeske, Mark Cannariato, Travis Childers, Gary Duehr,
Jesse Holt, Ryan McIntosh, Desi Minchillo, Raquel Muslin, Anne Percoco,
Caitlin Rueter, Ian Trask, and Barbara Wisnoski.