REDUCE, REUSE, REVISIT

REDUCE, REUSE, REVISIT

Artist(s)
September 2018 to October 2018
Exhibition Description

Aspects of salvage, collection and repetition run through all my works. I recover local materials deemed unwanted or useless, including trash, recyclables and surplus items and then transform them into playful, approachable and thought-provoking objects. I want my creations to act as artifacts and evidence of the early 21st century, an era of limited resources and extraordinary consumption and waste.

This practice is most obvious in my sculptures, in which I use readily identified objects such as plastic bottles, cardboard, keyboard keys and empty paint containers. I play with the familiarity of these materials by blurring their identities into universal forms like spheres, globes, maps, pyramids, pills and skulls. These works address such diverse topics as contextual regional geography, the damaging effects of plastic on our bodies and global environment, and the multitudes of waste created by technological advancement. My sculptures evoke the taken for granted nature of everyday materials in society.

 

Artist Statement

Bart Vargas is from Bellevue, Nebraska. He received his BFA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and his MFA at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He has exhibited throughout the world, most recently in the exhibitions PORTALS at Maison 10 in New York City, Concept Winter 2016 at the Czong Institute of Contemporary Art (CICA) in Gimpo, South Korea, Maíz at the Museo de Filatelia in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the Kolkata International Art Exhibition at the Rabindranath Tagore Centre' in Kolkata, India. Previous to this, Vargas has exhibited in the Fourth International “From Waste To Art” Exhibition (2015) in Baku, Azerbaijan, the 2012 Santorini Bienniale for the Arts in Santorini, Greece, and the 2010 Beijing International Art Biennial at the National Art Museum of China. His work can be found in many collections throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia; and has also been featured in many publications including Sculpture Magazine, New American Paintings, and HGTV Magazine.

Medium
Sculpture
 
 

Upcoming Exhibits

Skyler Simpson
Always Looking Oil on Panel 15.5” x 17”
Nov
02
11/2/18 to 11/30/18
Painting
Nov
02
11/2/18 to 12/24/18
Mixed Media
Dec
07
12/7/18 to 12/28/18
Ceramics
James Bockelman
Jan
04
1/4/19 to 1/25/19
Painting
Louie LaBudda
Feb
01
2/1/19 to 2/22/19
Ceramics

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