“Repurposed” at GSU Welch

The Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery presents “Repurposed.” The public is invited to the opening reception on Thursday, October 6 from 5-8 p.m. The event is part of the Downtown First Thursdays Arts Walk.

“Repurposed,” selected by Welch School Gallery Director Cynthia Farnell, focuses on group of twelve contemporary artists who are using repurposed materials to make their work. Farnell says:

“Over the years, like many other artists and art educators, I have grappled with the environmental impacts of art making. Although their methodologies and materials are diverse, the artists of REPURPOSED, each in their own way, ask us to reconsider our relationships to waste, both in the studio and in the world.

This exhibition focuses on a selected group of contemporary artists who are using repurposed materials to make their work. While found objects and readymades have been used by artists since the Dada and Surrealist movements of the early 20th Century, the artists of REPURPOSED share interests about the continuing influence of their material choices that often extend beyond aesthetic considerations. The refocusing of material context becomes an important and central concern.”

Sculptor Allyson Comstock’s recycled junk mail installation 303 Days occupies the small gallery. The works of the other REPURPOSED artists are on view in the large gallery, with natural and synthetic fabrics, found objects, plastics, metal and paper among the materials used.”

Artists:

Mary Lee Bendolph, Allyson Comstock, Carol LeBaron, Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, Pam Longobardi, Rob Nadeau, Ian Pedigo, Leigh Peacock, Aurora Robson, Islay Taylor, Wendy Wahl

The exhibition and associated events are supported in part by Student Activity Fees, The Center for Collaborative and International Arts at Georgia State University (CENCIA) and Fulton County Arts & Culture.

Through November 18.

Welch School Galleries/ GSU
10 Peachtree Center Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30303

The Welch School Galleries are located at the corner of Gilmer Street and Peachtree Center Ave. Free evening event parking at the United Way deck at Auburn Ave. and Courtland Ave. The gallery is within walking distance of the MARTA Five Points Station. All gallery programs are free and open to the public and accessible to persons with disabilities.

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