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October 28, 2011

Halcyon exhibits feature works made from recycled objects

TERRE HAUTE — Halcyon Contemporary Art is hosting two exhibitions during November that feature works of art made from found and recycled objects.

The North Gallery is showcasing Kentucky based artist Robert Morgan’s exhibition, titled “Walk on Gilded Splinters.” Morgan transforms found objects, creating art that is reborn, renewed and emerges in unexpected ways.

The South Gallery is featuring a group exhibition titled “Re-Purpose,” which includes local and regional artists Christy Brinkman, Brenda Chaney, Myke Flaherty, Marsha Garrison, Dick Hay, Aleksandra Krasutskaya, James Owen Loney and Gary Rondeau. Guest curator Heather Loney has invited these artists to display works that are made from found and recycled objects, resulting in an exhibition that is transformative.

The exhibitions are intended to raise awareness of both what we consume and what we discard. The public is invited to view the exhibitions and meet the artists at the opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 4 in conjunction with First Friday downtown activities.

Repurposed art utilizes preexisting objects as the materials with which the artist produces a creative product. Many artists have taken the health of the environment to heart as they strive to come up with new ways to find that perfect texture or oxidation, using what they have in their kitchens, back yards and recycling bins to achieve aesthetic goals.

Loney came up with the idea for “Re-Purpose,” inviting artists to recycle everyday objects to create something new and compelling. There were no restrictions on how the items could be used, only that they had a life before the artists reused them for their own purposes. Included in the exhibit are Hay’s ceramic shards mounted on canvas, Rondeau’s political fliers that are transformed into intricate origami figures, Krasutskaya’s colorful re-purposed furniture, Garrison’s Steam-Punk inspired sculptures and Chaney’s old denim jean weavings.

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