Concrete, drywall, PVC pipes, wire, milk crates.
You’d fully expect to see these and similar materials at a construction site but not in an art museum. But the Hunterdon Art Museum’s latest exhibition The Art of Construction encourages viewers to see how common building materials can be bent, twisted and shaped to create intriguing works of art.
Carol Boram-Hays uses metal remains reclaimed from industrial sites and casts them within concrete, and then color their surfaces. These uncanny forms are intended to suggest an animated fusion of the organic and the industrial.
In her piece, What’s the Commodity?, artist Gail Heidel addresses architectural ornament and the balance between historical preservation and gentrification.
“Her work directly speaks to the separatism we usually have from construction sites in the cities, but instead, invites viewers into these sites that she creates,” Purple said. “She likes to involve her audience and bring them a very personal experience that can be taken home and translated into action.”
Also featured in this show are works by Crystal Gregory, Susan Meyer and Michael Watson.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.