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Materials Re-Imagined at Artspace

The exhibitions currently on view at Artspace explore the transformation of existing materials into new works of art. The narrative created by the repurposing of old into new adds a shared meaning among otherwise distinct bodies of work.  In addition to the theme of reimagined materials,  notions of place, history, and social justice are found in all three gallery spaces.


Gallery One – Re(f)use, Triangle Book Arts Group

Contemporary artists’ books challenge our preconceived notions of what makes a book a book, and how books can function as works of art. In its broadest definition, a book is a communicative object that contains a narrative. As evidenced in this exhibition, that definition allows for a multitude of forms and interpretations. In addition to the many experimental forms on view, visitors to the gallery will see a number of traditional techniques such as coptic binding, Turkish fold maps, and drum bindings. For this exhibition, 33 participating members of the Triangle Books Arts Group were challenged to repurpose existing materials into book form.



Upfront Gallery – Distance, Jane Wells Harrison

My work involves rearranging maps is an effort to consider and reconsider the consequences of place and the resulting socio-political implications. My ideas come from day to day routine and the news, and so underlying content is frequently prompted by current events both personal and global.

The seeds of this work began with a reaction to the idea behind political gerrymandering – a practice used to rearrange maps to serve a particular end. As I work, the concepts grow more expansive; recording events, documenting population segments, contrasting rural with urban and national with international, and the facts of environmental insecurity.



Gallery Two – Waves of Circles, Ambiorix Santos

Combining his painting prowess with his interest in contemporary consumerist culture, Ambiorix Santos presents a unique body of work that challenges us to think about the ways in which we engage with the world around us. Large-scale, abstract paintings incorporate illuminated transparent “windows”, whose saturated colors contrast with the subdued palette of the surrounding picture plane. Santos, who works in a supermarket, collects discarded objects such as onion skins, plastic bags, and receipts. These materials are carefully layered into abstract shapes that glow with the help of lights mounted behind the canvas. The effect suggests the presence of divine energy within the most ordinary of materials of daily life.


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