Hartnell College Gallery opens the spring season with (Re)MODIFIED, an exhibition of sculpture by California artists who incorporate found objects in a wide variety of approaches. The exhibit runs from January 23 through March 16, with an opening reception on Friday, January 27, from 5 to 8 p.m.
The scale of these works varies from very small and delicate objects composed from bits of text or even hair, to larger constructions of industrial machinery. Most use common objects that are reconfigured in surprising, perplexing, and often humorous ways. Discarded crutches and a worn ironing board are reconfigured into an elegant, if precarious, chair. Lunch boxes from the 1950s with thermos flasks inside are motorized and take on an ominous air of long-range missiles preparing for launch.
The exhibition is a variation on one organized by Nancy Sevier for ART ARK in San Jose last year. Sevier is a resident of Salinas and recent graduate of San Jose State University, where she earned her masters of fine arts degree. There she encountered other artists, many of whom live and work in Monterey County, who, like herself, were fascinated by odd or discarded objects. In her introduction to the exhibition Sevier writes:
"Under the influence of Marcel Duchamp, the influential early 20th Century figure, this group show of 24 artists from around the bay area have modified found objects so as to re-contextualize and give them a new orientation. In re-purposing these objects, they challenge our preconceived notions of the function of the object as well as broadening our perceptions of what 'art' entails."
Hartnell College Gallery is in the Visual Arts Building on the main campus at 411 Central Avenue in Salinas. Admission to the gallery, off West Alisal Street between Homestead and College avenues, is free and the public is welcome. Parking on the campus is $1. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 6 to 9 p.m.
Support for the Hartnell Gallery comes from the Hartnell College Foundation through the Burrell Leonard Bequest, and the patrons of the Studio Party and Art Auction.
For further information please contact Gary Smith, Gallery Director, at email@example.com or Nancy Sevier at firstname.lastname@example.org