May 28 – June 8, 2008
The Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts presents ReArt, a solo-exhibition of mixed media artwork and installation by Michelle Salter. ReArt uses humor to question social and environmental issues. The exhibition runs from May 28 to June 8. The opening reception is on Thursday, May 29 from 7 to 10 pm and all are welcomed.
ReArt is a tongue-in-cheek commentary on technological obsolescence and its impact on our society and environment. Salter uses strong contrasts in texture and in symbolism to drive home the messages in her work. The issues of recycling and conservation of resources long ago crossed over from the purview of a fanatical few and are now lodged firmly into the psyche of mainstream society. We are all aware of the problems created by cities unable to dispose of their own garbage. ReArt gives new life to materials that no longer fulfill their original function.
“I mix homey, organic crafts such as knitting, crochet and origami with the hard-edged plastic products of obsolete technologies to produce quirky pieces”, says Salter.
This exhibition questions how we memorialize ourselves, the loss of tangible memories due to technological obsolescence, gender stereotyping, and the amount of electronic and technological waste our society generates in a closed ecosystem.