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Material Transformations

September 14 through January 05, 2014

The artists of Material Transformations, Angela Ellsworth, Alison Foshee, Johnston Foster, Kirsten Hassenfeld, Rune Olsen, Lucrecia Troncoso, and Paul Villinski all find symbolism in the very unconventional substances they use to construct their works of art. They find inspiration in the stuff of life, items we frequently encounter, use, and discard with rarely a second thought such as aluminum cans, cleaning sponges, construction debris, corsage pins, masking tape, office supplies, and wrapping paper.

Manipulating and transforming these humble and common objects, the artists address a multitude of ideas including our culture’s preoccupation with goods, along with other cultural and social issues of the twenty-first century. Removed from their normal use, and modified into inventive works of art, the artists give these ordinary products an extraordinary second life. In their altered form, these new objects form intriguing works of art that challenge us to question our relationship to the consumer-based foundations of our modern lives while leaving behind established hierarchies between art, craft, and design.



Material Transformations is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, LLC, The Daniel Foundation of Alabama, MAX Credit Union, Dawn and Adam Schloss, Doug’s 2 Salon-Spa, and Laura and Barrie Harmon.


Material Transformations

Publication Date: September 14, 2013
28 pages
$9.95 plus tax
Material Transformations features an introduction by Mark M. Johnson, Director of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and an essay by Jennifer Jankauskas, Curator of Art at the Museum along with color images of selected works and artist biographies.




Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts