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October 2009

John Willis and Tom Young:
Recycled Realities

October 1 - 29

Opening reception Thursday, October 1st, 5-8pm


John Willis and Tom Young, Praying Man and Recycled Realities, No. 29 (detail)
Not far from where Willis and Young live in the mountains of New England is a paper mill situated in an otherwise pristine vista of forested mountains. Below the mill's smoke stacks lies an expanse of soft white forms made from bundled scraps of paper that construct an environment at once alien and strangely akin to the surrounding landscape.

This landscape of virgin and recycled trees represents an aesthetic and philosophical contradiction for the two artists. The harsh industrial landscape holds the promise of creative re-use of limited resources, as mountains of baled paper scraps wait to be turned back into products that will re-enter the marketplace.

Willis and Young have said of their method, "Searching through the random placement of paper, the variety of images continues to amaze us on formal and conceptual terms. Juxtapositions of imagery reveal individual and cultural voices of the past, whispering, calling out, and validating memory."

The work in the exhibition is funded in part by Individual Artists Fellowships from the Vermont Arts Council, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund. For more information on these artists, visit the Bannister Gallery Web site.

This exhibition is curated by Amy Montali of the Rhode Island College art faculty. There will be artist talks the night of the reception.

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