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KIRKLAND SMITH – Oct 6-18

ARTIST TURNS CONSUMER WASTE INTO FINE ART

Items Destined For Landfill Find New Life in 3-D Paintings

Columbia artist Kirkland Smith will present an exhibition of work created almost entirely from Post Consumer Waste items collected from friends and family members. The 3-Dimensional  items have been assembled into large representational “paintings” including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Bob Marley, and Audrey Hepburn. The show, “Re-Created”, will be held at Gallery 80808 in the Vista from Oct. 6-18th, with the opening reception on Oct. 6th from 5-9pm.

At close range, the image is unrecognizable but the individual items are not. Viewers will recognize items that consumers discard daily: plasticbottle caps, make-up containers, cell phones, and fast food toys. Viewed from a distance, the Assemblages come into focus to reveal representational images- primarily portraits. “The challenge in getting a likeness is getting the values right. Working with objects instead of paint is like putting a puzzle together. The challenge is getting each piece in the right place.”

Kirkland, a classical painter, began creating the Assemblages when she entered an environmental art contest and decided to use post-consumer waste as her “paint”. She was looking for a powerful way to drive home the message of the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. Giving new life to discarded objects, she made something new. She created a haunting portrait of a child. By giving a face to the problem of litter and pollution, she points out that is people that are the problem as well as the solution.

The Opening Reception of “Re-Created” will be Thursday, October 6th, 5-9pm, and the show will run October 6-18, 2011. Gallery hours are weekdays 10am-5pm, Saturday 11-5pm, or by appointment.

Vista Studios/Gallery 80808
808 Lady Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 252-6134

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If you would like more information or images, please call 803-622-7838 or email [email protected] .

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  1. Anonymous on October 6, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Exellent, I like , great! . Congratulations!!!
    German L

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