A sea change for trash as jelly art
- Published: September 24, 2013
What are jellyfish made of anyway? Those currently swimming in the brine of academic discovery at Antioch College’s McGregor Hall are created from plastic bags, recycled metal, used wires and other found objects. The show, Tossed and Found: Mining the Material Stream, features the work of artists Curtis Goldstein and Doug Calisch, whose works, “through the manipulation of discarded matter, reveal [their] intrinsic qualities while transcending aesthetic and cultural boundaries,” according to creative director of the Herndon Gallery Dennie Eagleson.
The exhibit will continue through Nov. 15.
Goldstein is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Cincinnati and an Antioch College summer artist in residence. Calisch is professor of art and department chair at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind. Both artists began their creative process as scavengers, though their material sources differ somewhat; Calisch searches for old tools, architectural elements, scientific illustrations, and natural artifacts in abandoned buildings and junk stores. Goldstein explores post-consumer waste streams for objects “stripped of glamour, mystique, and marketing strategies,” according to the Antioch College News archives.
The current exhibit also features selected work from Antioch students participating in a class titled, The Ends of Trash, taught by Goldstein. In the course, students study the history of trash, contemporary waste treatment methods, and use discarded materials like paper and plastics to create evocative artistic objects.
The gallery will celebrate the closing of the exhibition on Nov. 15, with a dialogue between Calisch and Goldstein about their art practices. The closing reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m. The gallery will be closed for quarter break the week of Sept. 23.