My recent work involves the reclaiming of disposable objects in mass to create two and three dimensional works. Pieces can involve tea bags, matchbook strikes, plastic cutlery, etc. These items are generally disregarded and ignored by the everyday person. Through the gathering of the discards of contemporary culture, I ask the viewer to reconsider the function and value of these objects. I also reassign their value by re-contextualizing them by creating a piece of art from them. Besides utilizing the formal issues that interest me, based in the Minimalist school, I also am making a commentary on the disposable nature of contemporary culture.
Education 1996 M.F.A University of Wisconsin: Madison, Madison, WI 1992 B.A. University of Wisconsin: Parkside, Kenosha, WI Teaching Experience 2004-2005 Painting/Drawing Professor, Pace University, New York, New York. 2004 William Paterson University, Guest Speaker/Critic 1996-97 Madison Continuing Education Instructor: Wood- Worker
Exhibitions: One & Two Person 2004 “Swoop” Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ 2002-present Jay Barrows Fine Art: Richmond, VA Gallery Representation 1999 “Facades” 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA 1998 Firelands Association for the Visual Arts New Union Center for the Arts Oberlin, OH 1997 “Mixed Media with Printmaking Processes” Gallery 76, Wenatchee Valley College Wenatchee, WA