Workshops Exhibition and Silent Auction
to Benefit Japan
April 1 to April 20, 2011
Reception Friday April 15, 6 to 9pm
Friday, 15 April, 6 to 9pm, Reception.Full Schedule »
Rebuild is a collaborative project that evolved from an artwork I made in immediate response to the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan.
When I first heard of the disaster, I was filled with mixed emotions. Mostly I felt helpless, frustrated by that helplessness and angry about the loss and destruction.
My initial instinct was to figure out a way to go to Japan and help directly. I have a military background and experience working on the ground in emergency situations. I am in New York now to study design and begin a different life. I was faced with an inner conflict about my new direction in life. An important question became: How can I take action through art and design?
Rebuild involves a community effort to collect waste electronics. The obsolete electronics reference industry in the information age, electronic waste, technology and energy. Participants are invited to smash the electronics with a sledgehammer to release raw emotion. The fragments are painted white and fixed to a white cardboard ground.
The project encompasses the timeless cycle of destruction and creation, human emotional reaction and symbolic transformation.
The most attention grabbing event of the gallery show. Several smashing events had students collecting used electronics to smash — then returning later to paint and collage the broken elements.