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Barbara Siegel: Urban Road Kill

A.I.R. Gallery
155 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn NY United States

July 9   6:00pm-8:00pm   

A.I.R. Gallery is pleased to present Urban Road Kill, a solo exhibition of new work by Barbara Siegel from July 1-26, 2015. The opening reception will be Thursday, July 9th, from 6-8 pm. Gallery hours in the new space in Dumbo are Wednesday â€" Sunday, 12-6 pm. The gallery will be closed Saturday and Sunday for the July 4th weekend.

In her new work, Urban Road Kill, artist Barbara Siegel will exhibit twenty drawings in various sizes and media, including chalk pastel, colored pencils, charcoal, and charcoal powder. In two display cases Siegel will also have on view the run-over flattened artifacts that inspired the drawings.

Siegel, known for biographical multimedia installations inspired by the lives of renown individuals such as natural scientists and sideshow performers now pays homage to inanimate objects of quotidian use in their flattened form. A dust pan, a car’s side-view mirror, a miner’s helmet, an aerosol can, in this tranformed state, are mementos now devoid of assigned purpose. Eyeglasses, their frames madly distorted, lenses absent; a container for dust no longer capable of containing; a helmet unable to accommodate a human head â€" these are neo-geological artifacts, composed of elements fossilized in the stratum of the street by the force of vehicular activity passing over/crushing them. They mediate between nature and culture, their utility mocked by loss of three dimensionality, yet reborn, resurrected, ascended to a vertical plane through Siegel’s meticulous drawingsâ€"renderings that capture the nonâ€"functional beauty of their non-function.

Image: Barbara Siegel, Rusty Bucket, 2014, Colored pencils and charcoal on paper, 26 x 33”

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