Relics of past inspire galleries’ joint exhibit SanTan Sun News

Relics of past inspire galleries’ joint exhibit

May 26th, 2018 | by SanTan Sun News
Relics of past inspire galleries’ joint exhibit
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By Colleen Sparks, Staff

 

 

Historical objects are getting new life in a novel joint exhibit merging Chandler’s past with contemporary art.

“Object Inspiration: A Collaborative Exhibition with the Chandler Museum” will be on exhibit from May 25 to August 25 at Vision Gallery and the Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery.

An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 31 at Vision Gallery, 10 E. Chicago St.; and at the Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery, 250 N. Arizona Ave.

About 30 pieces of art inspired by objects in the Chandler Museum’s collection will be on display at both galleries.

The original historical objects will be placed near the paintings, photos, sculptures, prints and other artwork influenced by the objects.

Hair curlers, a suitcase, sewing machines, a typewriter, an adding machine and a theodolite – a tool used to measure angles in the horizontal and vertical planes – are among the historical items artists looked to generate ideas for their creations.

The artists generated a “wide range” of work, said Peter Bugg, visual arts coordinator for the City of Chandler.

Bugg worked with Nate Meyers, curator of collections for the Chandler Museum, to pick objects from the museum to photograph and show the artists. The exhibition allows the public to see pieces from the Chandler Museum while it is closed.

“I think it will help both with the history of Chandler but also (to) see these objects in a new light,” Bugg said. “One of the strengths will be the variety in the objects that are the inspiration and the kinds of objects that the artists are making.”

Spittoons and what are known as “sad” or “flat” irons people used to iron their clothes in the early 1900s are among the oldest items in the exhibit, Meyers said. Other pieces are from the 1920s, 1930s and 1950s, including an electric hairdryer and a radio from the 1950s.

“It’s a great way to get our collection out in front of people a different way than just visiting a history exhibit,” Meyers said. “We were excited to use our collection this way. The bulk of our collection is stuff that people in the community donate.

“Some of these items have been in the museum’s collection 30 or 40 years. I think this is the kind of thing, whether you’ve lived in Chandler a long time or are new here, everybody’s going to find something for them in it.”

Vision Gallery is a nonprofit art gallery the Chandler Cultural Foundation manages. Exhibits are regularly rotated. Information: visiongallery.org.

The Vision Gallery curates the Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery. Chandler Center for the Arts opened in 1989 as a shared structure between the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District. Information: chandlercenter.org.

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