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ROOM 104 is proud and excited to present RECOLLECTIONS, a new three-person show. The show title refers to the common threads weaving through these artists’ works - those of memory, salvage and the ephemeral. What gets re-claimed and enshrined as art. What would be lost forever if art didn’t depict it for our memory to keep.
VALERIE DAVIDSON’s Mixed Media Assemblages take us into a haunted garden world populated by disembodied concrete beings, broken dolls, discarded furniture and other items forgotten by everyone but Nature. Most are besieged by the gunk of dampness, overgrown with moss and lichen or re-completed with twiggy prostheses. This ghostly collection of the abandoned detritus of our human world has been victoriously, if dankly, re-claimed and reassembled by capricious but relentless Nature.
RUTH GILMORE’s Tapestries and Tiles enshrine and preserve what were once the ephemeral remains of animals. The tapestries painstakingly depict creatures obliterated by speeding cars - yes, road kills - and the tile mosaics show cartoony anthropomorphized animals encrypted on walls by vandals. Road kill gets trampled out of existence by continuous traffic and graffiti gets washed or painted over, but the ancient arts of Tapestry and Mosaic resurrect them into ever-present life.
STEPHEN ROCK’s Mixed Reclaimed Materials Wall Sculptures parts and pieces of formerly useful but now obsolete objects of mostly mundane nature. In hindsight, and separated from their former utilitarian camouflage, they reveal themselves, dressed in their beautiful patinas and wear, to glow with pride in a happy rebirth. This beauty, and a life lived as art, becomes their new function.