Presenting new works by James Bridges and Justin Rabideau and curated by Dashboard Co-op‘s Craig Cameron and Romy Maloon, “Waste Not” portrays the artists’ response to individual experiences in their natural surroundings. Each crafts visceral depictions of metamorphosis by capturing the moments that are at the crux change, transformation, and re-interpretation. Bridges abstracts his experience, while Rabideau pulls directly — and quite literally — from his.
How can an artist best respond to a pile of rotting wood, or to the contrast of the sea meeting land? Rabideau questions how meaning can be extracted from materials whose purpose has been forgotten, while Bridges works to preserve moments by abstracting them to the point of essence.
Nothing is forgotten. Nothing goes to waste.
Justin Rabideau, an artist inspired by his natural surroundings, creates assemblage sculptures and site-specific installations from materials in his proximity. Using craft, paint, glass, and many natural elements to instill new energy into found materials, he provides a fresh perspective and re-interpretation. During this act of change and transition, Rabideau seeks to re-create a moment where there was once a touch of clarity.
James Bridges crafts multi-layered, poetic paintings of the natural landscape. Based on abstractions of environments that surround him, Bridges’ paintings are created with fast strokes and vigorous line that, quite unpredictably, imbue familiarity. His marks are effortless, spontaneous, yet confident in their placement and intensity.
Through March 24.
Barbara Archer Gallery
280 Elizabeth St NE # A012
Atlanta, GA 30307