ABSTRACT RECYCLING 2013: The Offsite Show



For its 3rd Annual Show, Abstract Recycling has moved out of its onsite location at the North Stonington Transfer Station to the Atrium Gallery of Provenance Center, in the Harris Building in New London, CT.

With its past blending of sculptural and mixed media works highlighting issues of environmental awareness and the use of discarded materials in the creation of art, this show now ventures into a traditional gallery space.

This show with Debora Aldo, Anita Gangi Balkin, Laurencia Ciprus and RT Spitz is filled with work that has been created from re-purposed elements ranging from crushed cans to scrap metal.

The artists have used these materials to make a statement about the amount of waste we generate, where we put it, how it affects and how we react to it.


Life Targeted, RT Spitz
The Aspire Series, Debora Aldo

Grocer's Dilemma, Anita Gangi Balkun
This year, the Abstract Recycling exhibit departs from its "natural" setting in the North Stonington Transfer Station to a traditional art gallery environment. Nonetheless, while the works in this show are physically limited in size by the gallery walls, the message remains clear and consistent. Though art can be found in many places and created from virtually any material, the merging of recycling with artistic expression speaks to our role as caretakers of the planet. More than an opportunistic use of inexpensive and widely available material, Abstract Recycling seeks to create a new vocabulary for human behavior. Combined with every creative statement is the accompanying message of individual responsibility for our actions towards the world around us and the environmental conditions we have actively fostered. Among the many works displayed is that of an undefined creature placed across a black target. The piece, named "Life Targeted", highlights the critical state of affairs for life on Earth today. Both the quality of existence, and existence itself, are increasingly at risk as one species persists in endangering the well-being of all others sharing the same global home.
At this time, it is largely unknown whether or not we can halt or reverse the damage. But it is likely the case that without widespread awareness, understanding and commitment to change, there will be little hope to save the world we have known and enjoyed. Art remains a universal language, one that can, in the opinion of these artists, play an important role in this most important challenge we all face. ~ Nadesha Mijoba, Director Provenance Center
The Conception of Trash and Art, RT Spitz

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing
to ourselves and to one another.” -- Mahatma Gandhi


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