Wednesday, September 12, 2007

"Garbage Collection" Press Release

September 12, 2007

Contact: Amy Shaw

Gallery hours: Tues-Sun, 12-7pm

September 26 – November 7, 2007
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 26, 6:00-9:00pm

This fall, Greenjeans is presenting an exhibition of new work by two emerging artists dealing with the theme of garbage.

Pittsburgh-based glass artist Matthew Eskuche uses clear glass to make amazingly realistic sculptures of crushed cans and plastic water bottles, discarded wine bottles, drinking straws, and other "garbage." Eskuche creates each piece himself through the flamework glassblowing technique for which he is gaining international recognition. The sculptures will be available in groups of 3 – 24 pieces.

Brooklyn-based artist Anders Bergstrom creates graphic still-life paintings, drawings, and prints of individual pieces of garbage. Crushed aluminum cans, stacks of old newspapers, crumpled brown paper bags, and broken baby strollers have been his muse for the past 15 years. Bergstrom often paints or prints directly onto found paper such as New York subway information posters or books he found in the trash around his Bushwick, Brooklyn, home and studio.

An essay written by garbage anthropologist and NYU professor Robin Nagle will accompany the exhibition.

Free copies of the newly re-launched American Craft magazine will be available at the opening reception, and new editor Andrew Wagner will be in attendance.

Both artists will be at the opening reception, which is sponsored in part by Brooklyn’s Applewood restaurant.

Press images available by request.

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Posted by Amy Shaw.
Photos: Top, painting by Anders Bergstrom. Bottom, sculpture by Matthew Eskuche, courtesy of the artist.

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