The current exhibit is a collection of art on loan from Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa. The work was created by various mid-west artists and each piece includes some element of recycled material.
The paintings by Bart Vargas (C-105, Debt, and Free) are made using discarded house paint.
TJ Moberg uses various found materials in his work; Lavender Beach is made up of left-over paint chips and Double Fault is composed of tennis balls, the frame of the piece is wrapped with tennis racquet tape.
The support for both pieces by Jordan Weber (Absorbing Barrier, and Hood-Winked) are plywood the artist removed from abandoned, crumbling houses in low-income neighborhoods. Weber refers to the material as “hood wood.”
Frank Hansen, who has various small paintings (such as Siamese Shoulder Bus and Hermaphrodite in the Moonlight) and the only sculpture in the show, also creates his paintings on plywood. Hansen’s plywood, though, is mostly left over wood from construction sights. His sculpture is created with an assortment of found materials.
The paintings by Toby Penney (Victorian Confection) and Sandra Perlow (Drawn Into) use cloth material as a compositional element equal to the use of paint in the work. Penney’s use of the cloth is more integrated into the work and almost works as layered paint. Perlow’s use of cloth on the other hand is more visible and the cloth material in the work emerges as a point of juxtaposition to the painted “figures” in the piece.
The two pieces by Madai Taylor (The Three and Seed Time) use dirt as the primary medium for drawing and painting. The use of dirt, though not a recycled material, is similar to other media used in the show in that it is material that holds little value on its own, but is given great value when incorporated into a profound work of art.
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