HARBOR gallery is pleased to announce Collide, featuring artists Sam Adams, Jacob Bagwell, Alyssa Gorelick, Ellen Letcher, Trish Tillman and Amanda Wong. Works will be on view Saturday, September 14th through Sunday, October 6th, 2013, with an opening reception Saturday, September 14th from 7 - 9pm.
“They take apart their nightmares and they leave them by the door
Let me fall out of the window with confetti in my hair”
- Tom Waits, Tango 'Til They're Sore
Collide explores the alchemical combination of disparate objects and images that are purposefully combined. The six artists in this exhibit each reconstruct and redefine everyday materials in ways that can be described as dark, mystical, humorous or playful. The unique processes and materials used by each individual artist, although very different, resonate with each other and create an unexpected melody from dissonance. The works range from meaningful collections arranged with care to detritus manipulated into assemblages and sculptures.
Sam Adams, a painter, produces collages as a counterpoint to his painting. Adams’ small, pristine works on paper bring together abstracted images from 1950’s National Geographic magazines in unexpected ways. Jacob Bagwell begins his work with imagery from vintage gay porn. These near-abstractions confound the objectification of porn, obfuscating it into something to be gazed at infinitely. Alyssa Gorelick’s roots as a photographer are revealed in her non-traditional use of photographic paper. She combines images with found objects reprocessed almost beyond recognition allowing associations to develop between them. Her use of materials that are often crafty walks a delicate line between the formal and the hand-made. Ellen Letcher creates collages influenced by mainstream media, Catholicism and her experience as a printmaker. Using paint as an adhesive, she assembles images and objects that are seemingly discordant to create connections over time. Trish Tillman makes talismanic objects from recognizable elements of household life; knick-knacks, furniture, and decoration all take on ambiguous new lives as they are thrown into existence together. Amanda Wong is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on the idea of nature as the ultimate state of otherness. Her site specific installation made from locally found materials will bring Bushwick physically into the gallery.