Saturday, June 20, 2009

Beauty Underfoot opening at Smack Mellon

The artists in this exhibition take the banalities of life and transform them into poetic statements. The source material for the work featured, ranges from the dust on the floor of the gallery to text from a local newspapers. For instance, one of the artist, Yumi Janairo Roth constructed shipping pallets using techniques associated with local Filipino handicrafts. She carved intricate designs in the pallets, and then reintroduced them into circulation.

Though the artists in Beauty Underfoot synthesize every moment of our daily experience, creating a sense of the sublime, the exhibition goes even further challenging viewers to look beyond the aesthetic of the object. When examined more closely the works refer to hardship and injustice. Stated quite simply by the gallery, "The works in the exhibition ultimately transcend the ordinary, transforming it into the extraordinary". This exhibition will be open June 20th-August 2nd. Above, Yumi Janairo Roth, Untitled

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