Quotidian Metamorphosis at the Rockland Center for the Arts

As part of their Spring exhibits addressing Climate Change, The Rockland Center for the Arts features three exhibitions – two solo shows: Quotidian Metamorphosis featuring works by Jaynie Crimmins  and Aqueous Remains  featuring  Aurora Robson as well as The Tipping Point, a group show featuring J. Henry Fair, David Maisel, Alison Moritsugu, Richard Parrish, and Jill Pelto.

Jaynie Crimmins, Accumulations #4 , 12” x 12” x 12”D,  shredded household mail, thread over armature mounted on wood, 2016, photo courtesy of Cibele Vieira

Quotidian Metamorphosis

Jaynie Crimmins  utilizes economy and restraint  to create alternative narratives from everyday materials, ranging from promotional mailings for political organizations and consumerist advertising, to bills.  Crimmins says that most of this printed matter is difficult to recycle because the inks have high concentrations of heavy metals. By shredding this mail she generates a medium that is uniform in size, assigning equal importance to each shred.  Created in series, her dimensional works extract an alternative narrative through her process – a rigorous practice of separating colors, rolling or sewing the shredded mail, and commingling specific mailings. 

Altogether, once re-assembled, the fragments  are mostly disjointed from their original context. Only upon a closer view they still reveal traces of their cultural origins- bits of text, imagery and colors.  Overall these wall reliefs evoke the form and function of fragile marine ecosystems, elevating the ordinary into the extraordinary.

JaynieCrimmins, Nevertheless, She Persisted, shredded promotional mail, 8”x8”x5.5”D, 2017, photo courtesy of Cibele Vieira

Aqueous Remains

Aurora Robson , a multi-media artists known for her intricate sculptures constructed from plastic debris, transforms waste into aesthetic objects of beauty.  Through her work as an artist and her work as an eco-activist who founded Project Vortex, an international organization of artists, architects and designers working together to reduce the amount of plastic debris littering our oceans and shorelines, she raises awareness of our enormous plastic waste problem and the detrimental effects on our planet.

Aurora Robson, Soft Center, Plastics intercepted from the waste stream, photo courtesy of the artist
Aurora Robson, Jetsam, Plastics intercepted from the waste stream, photo courtesy of the artist

The Tipping Point

J. Henry Fair, David Maisel, Alison  Moritsugu, Richard Parrish, and Jill Pelto reflect through photography, painting, and sculpture on the relationship between nature and humanity with emphasis on  environmental concerns. Most artworks in this show at first glance  appear beautiful but  the more you engage with them, they reveal elements of damage and decomposition. The curator of the show aims to relay diverse perspectives on critical environmental issues in order to enhance our capacity to understand, adapt and motivate effective action in response.

Talisman Alison Moritsugu, Photo courtesy of Littlejohn Contemporary, NYC
Alison Moritsugu, Painting  on tree slices and Carved & Ink on tree stumps, photo courtesy of Littlejohn Contemporary, NYC
 David Maisel, Terminal Mirage 04, Courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery
David Maisel, Terminal Mirage 04, Photography, Courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery
Richard Parrish , Edge 2, Courtesy of Artist
Richard Parrish , Edge 2, Kiln formed Glass,  photo courtesy of the artist
Jill Pelto , Landscape of Change , Watercolor, photo courtesy of the artist
J. Henry Fair, Bauxite Tracks, Photography, courtesy of the artist

March 25 – May 25, 2018 

Opening Reception March 25, 1-4 pm

Free to the general public.

Regular hours are:  Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat 1-4, and Sun 1-4 pm.

Advancing Climate change Communication & Expression panel discussion will be held May 12, 2018, 7 pm

For more information contact:  Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA), 845-358-0877, info@rocklandartcenter.org or visit www.rocklandartcenter.org .  RoCA is located at 27 S Greenbush Rd., West Nyack, NY 10994

RoCA’s programs are made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.