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Grocers Dilemma

Upcycled Sampler

Anita Gangi Balkun

December 5, 2014 - January 9, 2015


Artist's Statement

Anita Balkun I am a collector of the commonplace. My work reuses stuff headed for the recycle bin or trash and transforms it into unexpected forms. The straightforward integrity of the materials allows the sculptural and sometimes interactive aspect of the artwork to highlight extraordinary qualities of the objects. I often search for content within the history of the object - its use or its journey - and use that information as a springboard to the form. Abundance, multiples, texture and generosity also have their place in the artworks.

While the materials are familiar, their juxtaposition to a particular space or daily activity adds potency and intention to their artistic transformation. Two of my prior installations gave me the opportunity to create site-specific artwork on a larger scale, and allowed me to invite the public to participate in the process, spontaneously adding to the artwork as a community. The remaining artworks fuse recognizable materials to the pace of life, and often came to me through serendipity.

Opening Reception

Please join us on Friday, December 5 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. to celebrate this new exhibition in the ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library, located in the heart of the city at 500 Main Street.

About the ArtWalk

ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library offers one of the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in greater Hartford and the opportunity for visitors to view art in a magnificent setting in their own community.  The state-of-the art gallery rises above Main Street along a glass wall that floods the space with ambient light during the day and appears to glow as a jewel box at night. Exhibitions offer an array of art experiences that reflect a variety of media, styles, and cultures in the art world, providing diverse viewing experiences, and allowing for many tastes.  Because of the unusual cable system in place, one of the most unique aspects of the ArtWalk is that any wall and lighting configuration or arrangement can change with the nature of every new exhibition.  The ArtWalk is made possible through the generosity of donors, especially the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.