NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Through something as simple and traditionally unnoticeable as trash, artists are finding an understanding of creative re-purposing. The Castle Gallery at The College of New Rochelle is showcasing some of these common castoffs transformed into new objects as part of a new exhibit.
"Debris Field" features the artwork of 16 artists created from recycled items, like plastic containers, cardboard boxes, posters, decommissioned bank notes, used tea bags and other short-term or single-use products.
An opening reception for the exhibit is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m., Sept. 29, at Castle Gallery. The works also will be a part of the New Rochelle ArtsFest that weekend, organized by the New Rochelle Council on the Arts.
On display through Nov. 3, Debris Field was created by a host of artists, including Michael Anderson, Scott Andresen, Ghost of a Dream (the collaboration of artists Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom), 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 and Lisa Dahl, who also is the curator of the art exhibit.
“The exhibit provides a versatile display of creativity from the use of objects that were saved from our own wastebaskets or salvaged from the street," Dahl said in a prepared statement. "In Debris Field, the artistic labor is often repetitive and intricate, and laced with a desire to change the status quo of how we perceive the products deemed disposable in our lives.”
She said the artwork can be viewed as “new objects imbued with beauty, thoughtfulness, even humor” and “a reincarnation of the practical into sublime.”
The Castle Gallery's regular hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
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