Emerge Gallery is pleased to present Reclaimed: Art Created With Recycled Materials from October 5 - 27, 2019. The exhibition includes work by thirty six artists that create a wide range of art using repurposed materials. A public opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 5-8 PM. All are welcome. There will also be a preview during Saugerties First Friday on October 4. Artwork in the exhibition will be available to view and purchase online at www.emergegalleryny.com and through the Emerge Gallery NY shop on Artsy.net.
Reclaimed includes work by Tracey Donnelly Franklin who uses materials found on the ground at military facilities in her sculpture PTSD as a Prehistoric Bird. “Using war material to make fragile, natural objects,” she explains, “is a commentary on war, training of war, defensive posturing, and the impact war has on living things.”
Artist Linda Berman creates a sculptural circus from an old radio, bed posts and other found objects in her sculpture Fun House. The 4’ jester’s body holds a house of horrors with doll parts hanging from the top and a spinning saw above a damsel in distress. Repurposed paper is used by a handful of artists including Istar Schwager who creates delicate scenes with cut envelopes and Meghan Murphy Pagano who reuses product boxes in her collage. “This series is a consideration for the life cycle of trees and natural elements,” explains the artist. “Trees being cut down and transformed into cardboard boxes that can once again be cut apart and transformed back into collaged replicas of tree filled natural scenes.”
This month’s window features the sculpture Bang Bang — a 6’ handgun made from repurposed stuffed animals by artist Suprina. “Even thou thousands of people die from gun violence every year it is still one of our top forms of entertainment in video games,” says the artist. “Where is the disconnect?” Visitors will be able to take selfies with the sculpture during Saugerties First Friday.
Additional artists include Jose Antonio Arvelo, Joan Barker, Edward Berkise, Loel Barr, Kristy Bishop, Amy Brooks & Lynn Macarin-Mara, Elizabeth Caputo, Shelley Davis, Tobias Fifield, Denise Giardullo, Andrea Giarraputo, Mary Ann Glass, Robert Greco, Kathleen Heron, Roxie Johnson, Paula Kelly, Robert Lach, Tali Margolin, Janice Mauro, Brian McCormack, Ann Morris, Susan Philips, Joan Reinmuth, Deborah Sanchez, Joan Sonnenfeld, Ken Tannenbaum, Daniel Venture, Claudia Waruch, Joanne Pagano Weber, and jd weiss. Reclaimed is curated by Emerge Gallery director Robert Langdon.
Reclaimed is presented as part of ShoutOut Saugerties Festival. Various events will be taking place in the village and at the gallery during the festival including A Collage Demonstration with Loel Barr and Ann Morris; A Conversation on the Art of the Region with Walter F Petrucci & Bruce Weber; Exploring the Collage Essay, with Nancy Kline; A Discussion on Artists, Commitment and Community; and a reading for a Found/Collage Poem public exercise that will take place during the month. Please visit https://www.shoutoutsaugerties.org for more details and a full schedule of events.
Emerge Gallery & Art Space focuses on emerging artists from the Hudson Valley, NY, region and beyond by hosting monthly group art exhibitions, and other events. It is a very open and welcoming environment that is a wonderful setting for private parties and gatherings and is available for rental. The space is also available to rent for solo and privately curated exhibitions.