Fresh Eye Gallery presents Eye to Eye, bringing artists together to build a stronger, more inclusive art community, with a focus on upcycling and repurposing through art.
Eye to Eye pairs up artists with and without disabilities, who have also never met before, to collaborate in an exercise of friendship and creativity. Paired in twos, and inspired by the work of artists like Nick Cave, Louise Nevelson, and Rodney McMillian, artists incorporated upcycled or found materials into their works of art.
Explore the show and hear from Eye to Eye artists at our artist talk on August 24 from 6:30 – 8 PM. Learn about what went into their work and process.
Can’t make the opening? The show is up until Sept 9th.
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Eye to Eye is an exercise in friendship and creativity. The exhibition project is founded on the principles of radical inclusivity, where Fresh Eye intentionally brings artists with and without disabilities together, who have also never met before, to build a stronger creative community. Artists are paired up in teams of two to collaborate and create new artwork.
This year, Eye to Eye artists were encouraged to incorporate upcycled or found materials into works of art. “So much creativity, experimentation, and surprise can come from working through upcycling.” Jes Reyes, Eye to Eye coordinator, expresses. “Repurposing also extends the life or expands the meaning of materials or objects. It can save something from being discarded.” Nick Cave’s colorful Soundsuits are made of discarded items. Louise Nevelson turned wood objects she found into monochromatic sculptural assemblages. Rodney McMillian layered latex paint onto handmade blankets he sourced from thrift stores. Eye to Eye artists are encouraged to seek similar approaches that use alternative materials, items from their personal lives, or search for desired articles to create with.
Participating Artists Include:
Kenneth Bowling, Ursula Lang, CERN & GOONS, Kimberly A. Laudert, Chloe Russell Chang ,Lane Lund, Vernon Vanderwood , Lynda Mullan, Ariella Schreck, Becca Seevers, Nina Martine Robinson. Stacie Sampson, Lauren Callis, Jessica Williams, Samael Leopold-Sullivan ,Nate Woodard, Azania Tripp, Savior Allen-Knight, Will G.