Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Past, Present & Personal (Purchase College Alumni Exhibit Work at the Arts Exhange Gallery)

Three Purchase College School of Art+Design Alumni are currently exhibiting work at the Arts Exchange Gallery in White Plains, NY. Past, Present and Personal exposes us to a collection of work that ought to be experienced rather than explained.

On the floor to my left, playful yet disturbing zombie-like dolls made of recycled, donated fabric, are either mending, escaping or pulling each other apart. Near the center of the exhibition space is a headdress (of Indian Chief-type) elegantly poised on its pedestal made of intricately welded washers, bolts, chains and nails giving new functionality and value to often forgotten, everyday tools. Finally, around the corner beholds a blue, black pyramid of surveillance (TVs) where army-like figurines are centered and stout as if they are looking out (from the inside of the television screens). Meticulously placed and existing physically amongst visitors within the gallery space, these figurines and televisions (displaying live feed) suggests more than what one can conjure in one visit.

Sara Millman's funky dolls, Michael Rivera's recycled metals and Christopher Kaczmarek's tower of vision(s) are an awesome exemplification of 'Art Gone Wild'. Every piece flashes us with a peek into the artists' mind which leaves those viewing the work wanting more. In lieu of beads, I offer my praise to the artists for creating work that is engaging beyond aesthetics; its easier to admire something that's overtly beautiful and harder to feel connected to something conceptual, the intrigue is well worth it. If you are in the White Plains area, visit The Arts Exchange Gallery on Mamaroneck Avenue (on the same street as the City Center).

On View: March 12 - April 22, 2009
An Exhibition Featuring Emerging Artists

Artists(Purchase College Alumni):
Christopher Kaczmarek, MFA/MA
Sarah Millman, BFA
Michael Rivera, MFA

The Arts Exchange Gallery
31 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

Gallery Hours: Tue-Sat 12-5PM.
Admission is Free.


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