At Sacred Heart University’s contemporary art gallery, one man’s trash is another man’s art exhibit. After a little reinterpretation, of course.
Curator Laura Einstein offers Contemporary Souvenirs, an exhibit that dwells on the “artistic use and interpretation of the discarded materials from our modern world.”
Generally we don’t pay much attention to the mundane objects that we use each and every day that are ubiquitous in our 2011 cultural footprint. The ritual transformation of remnants—including air conditioning filters, record albums, construction site materials, deer netting, receipts and more— into works of art, tracks from the minutiae to the grandiose.
The works in this exhibition make us wonder if there is a ritual of collecting for the included artists June Ahrens, Ula Einstein, Joseph Fucigna, Constance Old and Paul Villinski. Perhaps the works commemorate the notion that human beings are ephemeral but what we manufacture, in the long run, might not be.
Contemporary Souvenirs opens with a reception at 1 p.m., jazz music by the Carol Sudhalter duo, and a panel discussion at 3:30 p.m., both on Sunday, Jan. 23. The show runs until March 3.