Monday, February 22, 2010

"Trash" etc. was at AS220

From our review of "Trash," Steven Subotnick of Providence and Laura Shirreff of Providence, which were on view at AS220 last month and now are closed (sorry this post is so belated):
"Trash" at AS220's Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through January 29) focuses on our love-hate relationship with garbage. Curator Lee Fearnside of Ohio loosely organizes the five-person show around the theme of artists exploring "the complex connections between garbage and human behavior" in a nation with "a rubbish crisis."

There are some outright references to our refuse, like Fearnside's photos of water in sewage treatment plant ponds. But mostly what we have here is artists using recycled materials or images in their work in a magpie tradition that reaches back to Robert Rauschenberg and Pablo Picasso. It seems more a reflection of our culture than commentary upon it.
Read the rest here.

"Trash," Steven Subotnick and Laura Shirreff, AS220, Providence, Jan. 3 to 29, 2010.

Pictured from top to bottom: Scott Lapham, "Perfectly Preserved Shoreline #2"; Lee Fearnside, "Waste Water Treatment"; Steven Subotnick, stills from his animated video "Jelly Fishers"; and Laura Shirreff "Body Series 1."


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