JOHN JAY COLLEGE - Recontextualizing the Found




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Published on Feb 5, 2014

JOHN JAY COLLEGE of Criminal Justice

The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery
proudly presents:


from January 27 - March 25, 2014
Opening Reception: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
5:30 - 7:30 pm

There is a rich history in art of removing an object or material from its intended
context and placing it into one that is art specific. This recontextualizing of the
everyday or the "found" has been a central strategy for many artists since its
advent in Synthetic Cubism. Equally, a tangential tradition of using the found
lives in non-traditional artistic production alongside that of the fine arts and the
academy. Be it outsider art, naive or folk art, or art that is not part of an
established traditional canon, artists who work in these arenas have always
looked to their immediate environment for their means of expression. The use
of the found is fundamental to the entire mode of production for such artists and
has been in play long before Picasso and Braque took their leap into the real.
The ongoing aesthetic exchange between each of these traditions has enhanced
the creative possibilities for all artists.

With the advent of the 21st century, however, a new perspective on the found
has crystallized: sustainability. Whereas once the incorporation of the found
might have been viewed as solely a shattering of Western European traditions
and constraints, an expansion of the limits of the western academy and
traditional means of expression, this process can now be considered as a
process that speaks to the impact of our societies' consumption and limits of
the world's resources. While not all artists present and environmental agenda
specifically, many do so implicitly. The artists selected for Recontextualizing the
Found, through their use of the everyday objects and materials or through their
direct thematic commentary, position themselves either implicitly or directly in a
greater environmentally aware contest. As such, the artworks stand not only on
their aesthetic merits, but also address the practice of sustainability in the 21st
century, a practice that affects our basic existence and human rights.

Participating artists:

Antigoini Kavvatha
Arthur Simms
Betsy Packard
Bill Hall
Chin Chih Yang
D. Dominick Lombardi
Joan Giordano
John Spinks
Ken Butler
Konstantinos Stamatiou
Lina Puerta
Matthew Weaver
Nicholas Moore
Viviane Rombaldi Seppey

Curated by Bill Pangburn and Thalia Vrachopoulos

For more information please contact:

Bill Pangburn
Director, The Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery
John Jay College
11th Avenue and 59th Street
New York, NY 10019

Music by:
Chill Carrier - A New Day


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