Rock Hound Swap Meet curated by Randy Wray
David Altmejd, Rachel Beach, Ernesto Burgos, Jennifer Paige Cohen, Guy C. Corriero, Carl D’Alvia, Raul De Nieves, Joanne Greenbaum, Hilary Harnischfeger, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Pam Lins, Jo Nigoghossian, Michelle Segre, Arlene Shechet, Arthur Simms, Alan Wiener, Brian Willmont and Randy Wray.
July 9 – August 13, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday July 9, 2015 6-8 p.m.
This show developed from a very simple observation that has recurred repeatedly to me over the years – some contemporary sculptures are about as compelling as some rocks. Let me
People get into rock and mineral collecting for different reasons. Some are interested in geology and science. Others approach it as investment or sport. But for me, as a youth in rural North Carolina, the appeal was purely aesthetic. The finest specimens were exceedingly beautiful in formal terms (color, texture and shape), but some were more than that. Occasionally the
minerals were so unexpected and seemingly implausible they strained credibility, ultimately expanding my perception of the world. “No way that phosphorescent faceted structure of
glowing color and refracted light was found in the dirt over there! You expect me to believe that shape-shifting chunk (mystical landscape, rococo cathedral, Jesus on the cross) came out of
that muddy hole in the ground? Supernatural!” Mother Nature’s eccentric abstractions.
It can be similar with sculpture. Sometimes these manmade objects, like their natural
counterparts, can shift our view and transport us. Artists mine the subconscious to excavate new material. Through experimentation using various materials and approaches they conjure
new facts for our contemplation. Behold!
Rock Hound Swap Meet is a gathering of just some of the artists (both longtime and new friends) whose work I admire. Crucially, they all take risks in their art. And whether they work
with metal or mushrooms, these artists are exceptional. They are explorers and alchemists all.
– Randy Wray
Junior Projects is located at 139 Norfolk Street, one block east of Essex Street between Rivington and Stanton Streets. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, from 11am to 6pm, and
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