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Opening reception held for Debris Field

The Castle Gallery hosted an opening reception for Debris Field on Sunday, September 29, coinciding with the annual New Rochelle ArtsFest.

The exhibit, which opened September 3 and runs through November 3, features 17 artists who repurpose everyday objects into works imbued with beauty, thoughtfulness, and even humor.

“Trash, whether saved from our own wastebaskets or salvaged from the street, comes laden with guilty associations and questionable provenance,” said exhibit curator Lisa Dahl. “Yet, the very familiarity of these materials can provide us with a deeper understanding into their creative repurposing.” The transformation of the practical into the sublime, she said, is “laced with a desire to change the status quo of how we perceive the products deemed disposable in our lives.”

Michael Anderson creates collages using street posters from cities around the world. Fragments from thousands of posters are reassembled in a painterly fashion, the images, Anderson says, “develop non-linear narratives that capture the experience of contemporary life with dark humor.”

“Devotional Practices,” a 2011 piece by Ghost of a Dream, a collaboration of artists Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom, turns discarded lottery tickets into what looks like a prayer rug.

Derick Melander creates large geometric configurations out of carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing, some taking the form of columns and walls and weighing up to two tons.

“As the layers of clothing accumulate, the individual garments are compressed into a single mass, a symbolic gesture that explores the conflicted space between society and the individual, between the self and the outside world,” Melander says.

Artists taking part in the show are:

  • Michael Anderson
  • Scott Andresen
  • Lisa Dahl
  • Ghost of a Dream
  • Ruth Hardinger
  • Jack Henry
  • Gregg Hill
  • Sara Hubbs
  • Vandana Jain
  • Hong Seon Jang
  • Nathaniel Lieb
  • Derick Melander
  • Shari Mendelson
  • Jimmy Miracle
  • Tattfoo Tan
  • Ian Trask

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