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Reused / Recycled - April 2009

April 2009

Reused / Recycled

All-Media Membership Show
April 9 – May 4, 2009

 



Award(s):  The Art League Board of Directors Award, and Honorable Mention Awards.

Show Info: Opening Reception, Thursday, July 9, 6:30–8:00 pm, in the gallery.  Awards presented at 7:00 pm.


155 entered, 31 accepted

Juror's Statement:

with Erica Fortwengler


 

“Material is the underlying basis of this show.” Joe Hicks, juror of The Art League’s “Reused/Recycled” show, wanted to see materials given a new function while maintaining their original identity.

Opening up his mind to what the term “recycling” encompassed, Hicks read beyond the surface of each piece to try and discover a more meaningful or clever message. “I thought about recycling in the broadest sense – not only in regards to recycling materials and physical objects, but memories and experiences as well.” For example, in “Roudel – Self Portrait,” Hicks was curious about the relationship the artist had with this object. From this piece, he got a sense of “personal recycling.” “This was one of the pieces from which I got an infirmary feel – and became curious of the relationship between the object and it’s meaning to the artist.”

Pamela Viola’s “Petroleum Products,” was awarded an Honorable Mention. “This piece makes a statement about product waste, product recycling, consumption, mass production and mass recycling.” “Patiently Waiting,” by Charles Sabin also received an Honorable Mention. “This photograph depicts objects in a junkyard that are meant to be recycled. The piece is framed in a car window frame; giving the frame a new function while maintaining it’s original identity.”

“Lifeline Rewoven,” by Liz Roberts received the Board of Director’s Award. “This piece epitomizes what I was looking for. The oxygen tubes retain their original identity while being given a completely new function. Here is an object that can be lifesaving or finite. I became very curious as to the journey/story behind the oxygen tubes. Were they used to save someone’s life, someone who was close to the artist? This piece is also technically very well done and very well made. It encapsulates everything I was looking for.”

“Titles are a very important part of the piece. They give the viewer insight behind the artist’s intent. If I was having trouble understanding a piece, I immediately went to the title.” Hicks also mentioned that proper labeling of specific materials was very important. “A number of pieces were eliminated because I couldn’t figure out what materials were used.” Artists need to be more specific than simply stating media as “mixed.”


Hicks is currently a Professor of Ceramics at The George Washington University and Gallaudet University. Hicks’ most recent works are large clay drawings exploring the relationships of memory and traverse between earth material and the human experience. Some of his recent exhibitions were at CAOS on F, a new gallery in Washington DC, and “The Myth of Permanence” in conjunction with NCECA at Standard Clay Company in Pittsburgh, 2008.

 

 

Sample Work:

 

         

 

To view all of the images from the show, please click here.

 

 

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