Material Transformations: Members' Preview
Friday, January 24, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Be first to view Material Transformations and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, music, and mingling.
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.
Artists Paul Villinski, Kirsten Hassenfeld, and Alison Foshee as well as Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Curator Jennifer Jankauskas will be in attendance for the Preview. Visit them in the galleries following the opening remarks.
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
Alison Foshee: Korean Pine, 2013. Staples on paper. Courtesy of the Artist.