Date - December 8, 2016
6:00 pm until 8:00 pm
Flinn Gallery at the Greenwich Library
101 West Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, Connecticut, 06830
December 8, 2016 – January 18, 2017
Reclaim, Reprocess opens at the Flinn Gallery on Thursday, December 8th. The exhibition will feature the work of five contemporary artists: Jaynie Crimmins, Alice Hope, Jonathan Mess, Constance Old, and Joanne Ungar, who have applied their talents to create works that utilize discarded materials and the by-products of today’s consumer culture to create works of art. This timely exhibit addresses environmental concerns while delighting viewers with aesthetically exciting pieces that reflect the same ingenuity that inspired earlier generations to craft patchwork quilts and rag rugs.
Constance Old employs a rug hooking technique to design three-dimensional wall hangings from everyday materials like recycled paper, plastic, and construction fencing.
Jaynie Crimmins uses shredded junk mail rolled into tiny elements and stitched together like her grandmothers crocheted rugs to create pieces with textural surfaces reflecting nature’s harmony.
Sculptor Jonathan Mess reclaims ceramic pieces and reshapes them using casting slip and discarded glazes fired at different temperatures in cardboard molds producing “abstract landforms.”
Joanne Ungar focuses her attention on today’s excessive packaging by using layered wax and pigments on recycled cartons to form collages.
Alice Hope directs her talents to repurposing objects whose use has expired like aluminum can tabs into artworks that suggest a new dimension of scale, pattern, and placement.
Reclaim, Reprocess is a visual tribute to artistic imagination unleashed to call attention to today’s environmental concerns about waste. These artists have turned detritus into décor. Curators are Ruth Sutcliffe Heagney and Sallie Baldwin, assisted by Barbara Richards.
Featured image: Detail of work by Jaynie Crimmins, courtesy Flinn Gallery
ARTIST TALKS at the Gallery:
Saturday, December 10, 2 – 4 pm
Constance Old and Jonathan Mess
Saturday, January 14, 2 – 4 pm
Joanne Ungar and Jaynie Crimmins
GREENWICH LIBRARY FRIENDS FILM & ART DOUBLE FEATURE
The Gallery will be open extended hours, until 7:45pm this evening.
Friday, December 9, 8 pm, Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library
WASTE LAND (2010) With Artist Vik Muniz. Directed by Karen Harley, Lucy Walker, Joao Jardim. Highly acclaimed film about artist Vik Muniz who creates from refuse he collects from the world’s largest landfill, Jardim Gramacho in Rio De Janeiro. A portrait of the artist at work and the lives of the trash-pickers who make a living foraging there.
In English and Portuguese, with English subtitles. 95 min. Admission to Friends Friday Films is open to all at no charge. This series is made possible by contributions to the Friends of Greenwich Library. Showtime is 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:40 p.m.