"Re:Purposed" Exhibit Opens at The Ringling

The show runs through May 17.

By Kay Kipling March 1, 2015

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Everything All At Once Forever, 2011, installation using plastic debris by Aurora Robson.

We all know that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In the case of the 10 artists represented in The Ringling's current exhibition, Re:Purposed, make that another man’s art. The use of castoff materials in creating art is not new—think back to Dada daddy Marcel Duchamp—but this show, organized by curator of modern and contemporary art Matthew McLendon, offers fresh ways to look at pieces that utilize “garbage,” shedding light on three themes: identity, index and environment. Comprising sculpture, collage and large-scale installations, this is art that may make viewers think twice about what our society casually throws away—and what that says about us. Re:Purposed continues through May 17.

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