I’m pleased that “Trash Day #1: Composting” was accepted into the 2019 Visual Feast exhibit. The show runs April 4 to 27, 2019 at Cambridge Art Association’s Kathryn Schultz Gallery. The owner and art director of 13FOREST Gallery in Arlington, Massachusetts, juried the exhibit.
Here’s the description of the Visual Feast call for artists:
Join us for a celebration of optical indulgence with work that delights and captivates the senses. Visual Feast brings together a bounty of visually pleasing pieces that feature sumptuous colors, luscious textures, and overflowing compositions. In the spirit of feasting, this exhibition will also address themes of abundance, community, excess, gluttony, and of course, food.
And here’s the artist statement I submitted for the show:
My work incorporates elements of the world as seen and the world as reimagined. “Trash Day #1: Composting” encompasses both. The artwork speaks to a ritual that repeats every week. The decades-old mechanical fire hydrant bears witness to a parade of newer consumer products that grace the curb for a matter of hours before meeting their destinies at a landfill or recycling facility. In the artwork, simple mechanical functionality triumphs over sophisticated solid-state electronics; the hydrant will serve its appointed use for years after the television has displayed its last image. I virtually interrupted the inevitable progression of events by digitally recycling the TV, giving it a chance to provide fleeting entertainment while reminding viewers that obsolescence often lies in the eye of the beholder.
The TV set in the image was discarded on the curb near my house on the night before trash collection. I was attracted to the juxtaposition of the mechanical, timeless fire hydrant with the high tech, but short-lived, television set. I shot the image the next morning, and not a moment too soon—as luck would have it, the trash pickup truck was running ahead of schedule.
“Trash Day #1: Composting” is printed on photographic paper (whereas most of my work is printed on metal these days). The brushed metal frame was chosen to complement the fire hydrant and television set (Thanks go to Joe and Sarah at Big Picture Framing in Cambridge for the frame suggestion.)
I plan on using the TV set as a mask for other imagery in the future. Stay tuned for more curbside entertainment!