The artists of Material Transformations — Angela Ellsworth, Alison Foshee, Johnston Foster, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Rune Olsen, Lucrecia Troncoso, and Paul Villinski — all uncover symbolism in the very unconventional substances they use to construct their works of art. They find inspiration in the stuff of life — items we frequently encounter, use, and discard with rarely a second thought, such as aluminum cans, cleaning sponges, construction debris, corsage pins, masking tape, office supplies, and wrapping paper.
Manipulating and transforming these humble and common objects, the artists address a multitude of cultural and social issues including our preoccupation with consumer goods. Removed from their normal use and modified into inventive works of art, these ordinary products adopt an extraordinary second life. In their altered states, these new objects form intriguing works of art that challenge us to question our relationship to the consumer-based foundations of our modern lives while leaving behind established hierarchies between art, craft, and design.
This exhibition is organized by the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Montgomery, Alabama.
Harbinger / Florida Mining Gallery
Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville
The City of Jacksonville
Florida Division of Cultural Affairs
WJCT Public Broadcasting
Image 1: Angela Ellsworth: Seer Bonnet: Clarissa (age 15), 2012-2013. 17,443 pearl corsage pins, fabric, steel. Courtesy of the artist and Lisa Sette Gallery, Scottsdale.
Image 2: Alison Foshee: Paradise Found; Rasputin’s Revenge, 2013. Product labels on paper. Courtesy of the artist.
Image 3: Johnston Foster: Big Tipper, 2008. Mixed media found materials including trash cans, wood, scrap metal, plastic, screws. Courtesy of the artist and RARE Gallery, New York.
Image 4: Kirsten Hassenfeld: Star Upon Star, 2011 and Blue Star, 2012. Paper with mixed media. Courtesy of the artist.
Image 5: Rune Olsen: Pharmakos, 2009. Graphite, masking tape, blue mannequin eyes, newspaper, wire, steel and UV-Resistant acrylic medium. 19 × 12 × 9 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Samsøn Projects, Boston.
Image 6: Lucrecia Troncoso: Tree of Life (antimicrobial), 2008. Cellulose cleaning sponges, wire, glue. Courtesy of the artist.
Image 7: Paul Villinski: Fable, 2011. Cello, aluminum (found cans), soot, wire. Courtesy of the artist and Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York.
Friday, January 24
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Thursday, February 20
Wednesday, March 5
Saturday, March 29
10 a.m.-4 p.m.