"Art From Detrittus" Exhibit at Edward Williams Gallery

Recycling With Imagination

Teaneck, NJ (November 21) —“Art From Detritus” the art exhibit on view at Edward Williams Gallery from December 5, 2005 –January 27, 2006, features artwork by artists from around the world who use throwaways to create their art. This exhibit brings attention to the critical issue of too much trash.

The exhibit is curated and conceived by Vernita Nemec, herself an artist who has been creating art from discarded materials for the past decade. The Detritus exhibits initially were inspired in 1993 when Nemec attended her first Recycling Conference. She proceeded to curate the first Detritus exhibit in Portland, Oregon in 1994, and since then she has presented over a dozen Detritus exhibits including hundreds of artists throughout the U.S.

Since the beginning of time, artists have been creating from trash, the “detritus of life,” for a host of reasons: the beauty and accessibility of the old and discarded, its spiritual and emotional significance and the cheapness of trash. Artists today are also attracted to trash for financial and aesthetic reasons, but now, because of the overabundance of trash threatening our health and planet, politics have entered the picture.

Artists in this exhibit have taken fragments of discarded, found and recycled materials and creatively transformed them into painting, sculpture and assemblage. The curator will be presenting a gallery talk about the art and about recycling through art making during the last week of the exhibit. Please call the gallery or email the curator at ncognita@earthfire.org for specifics.

By using society’s wastes as material to make their art, these artists are not only communicating the importance of recycling, but they are doing it. Again, the importance and power of art is re-affirmed. Not only is this art fascinating to see, but also it is helping to save the planet.

Participating artists include: Beth Bailis Marcia Bernstein Carol Block Michael Eck David Edgar Gail Goldsmith Fred Gutzeit Ed Herman Elisca Jeansonne Flash Light Thelma Mathias N’Cognita Michael Poast Carol Quint Helaine Soller Stephen Soreff Danielle Stephane Wayne Urffer Samuel Wiener Anthea Williams Jay Zeiger

The Gallery in Edward Williams Hall at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus is located at 150 Kotte Place, Hackensack. The Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information call 201-692-7028.

Williams Hall

Joan Harvey

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