Objectified: June 2010June 15, 2010
Reprinted from Brightest Young Things
OBJECTIFIED: The Domestication of the Industrial” is opening at the Honfleur Gallery today at 6:30 pm. The most fascinating part about the exhibition is the process behind all of the pieces. The overall concept is the domestication of the industrial. Each artist takes pieces of material that you would not think to use and manipulates it and constructs it, into something beautiful.
The overall concept of the show was a long time coming for curator Islay Taylor, who gathered the artists and their work for this particular exhibit. “Briony[Creative Director of Honfleur Gallery] approached me because we went to undergrad together,” explains Taylor. “And I’m not sure how but she came across my graduate work on my website from my masters. And that dealt with taking disenfranchised objects, like remnants of some large component, mostly industrial and expropriating them into art.”
All of the artists use materials that would not necessarily be considered art, but they transform them into art objects.
Jeanne Jo knitted a long off-white blanket-like piece. She made the piece specifically for OBJECTIFIED and she wrote out a letter from a deceased love one through the yarn. Even though most would just look and walk by, the textile structure of the yarn and the story behind it are worth finding out and add a deeper level to the piece.
Robert Longyear used abandoned pieces of houses and buildings to create his installation. It includes ceiling tiles that have been painted as well as 3 dimensional objects of scrap metal that he transformed to look as if they have a humanistic quality to them. “And what’s really interesting about him is that this project was originally a jewelry, craft-based project and you know he uses a lot of really traditional setting stones but with trash” said Taylor.
The juxtaposition of Longyear’s trash art objects and the settings he put them in where not lost on Taylor, she reveled in them and in the other artists’ play on transformation.
Colleen Heineman welded copper into these sculpture molds of every day objects. One piece was called “White T-shirt” and another was called “Cologne Bottles” and immediately I saw how she had formed the copper from those bases. Heineman’s original drawings of the pieces and objects will be displayed next to the copper sculptures so the audience can take in the entire process of the pieces.
Andrea Miller did multiple pieces of white jewelry, but she did not use stones nor did she create intricate designs. She took models of larger objects or parts of them and scaled them down so you could wear them. The idea behind Miller taking these everyday objects and sizing them down was to make people see things that they normally would not.
OBJECTIFIED plays up the different ideas of transformation and makes you look around the room a few times to make sure you didn’t miss anything. It is definitely worth your time.