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New Public Art Exhibition Opens at Pelham Art Center

Co-Mingle Complements, 2014-15, plastic bottle caps, 7’ x 6’ x 3”.
Co-Mingle Complements, 2014-15, plastic bottle caps, 7’ x 6’ x 3”. Photo Credit: Contributed

PELHAM, N.Y. -- Pelham Art Center announced the new public art installation "Fugitive Color" by New York artist Kristen Rego.

This solo sculpture exhibition is open to the public April 11 through June 12, 24 hours a day; seven days a week in Pelham Art Center’s outdoor courtyard. An opening will be held in conjunction with the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Saturday. The "Fugitive Color" series is three separate works constructed from plastic bottle caps from sources such as soda, shampoo, laundry detergent, bottled water, toothpaste, and countless other products collected from recycle bins, sidewalks, and streets by both the artist and Pelham Art Center. Each work contains five to seven columns that are 7-feet tall. The caps are arranged on metal rods to give the illusion of color shifting, draining or saturation, which can be read as a form of painting, as well as found-object totemic sculpture.

Kristen Rego is based in the Hudson Valley. She earned a BFA from Ohio State University in painting and drawing and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in painting and printmaking. Rego has exhibited nationally in New York, Ohio, Virginia, Maine and New Jersey and was a Vermont Studio Center resident in March 2012. She is an adjunct professor, artist, collector and lover of things forgotten and discarded.

"My work addresses issues of painting that exist off the canvas. I collect plastic caps, printed cardboard, grocery store ads, and other scraps and remnants that accumulate into two and three-dimensional works. I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, where my family shared a branch of grocery stores. This history is reflected in my work as I search for personal meaning behind the materials I am drawn towards. I piece together a mostly unknown family lineage with aspects of the stores themselves: the familiar smell of produce and the varieties of products. My aim is to capture a place and time, and identify a shift where things are seemingly static," Rego said.

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