Packaging Space

Packaging Space by Calvin Brett and The Bull Meets the Bayou Collective

Opening Friday, January 19, 2018 in the Cameron Gallery

Packaging Space is a community engagement installation where visitors are asked to create and display art from the undervalued objects in society. Through the exercise of displaying items in cardboard boxes, we hope to bring attention to the reusability of what’s discarded in a culture where success is defined by lifestyles built on constantly purchasing the new. We aim to encourage our collective capacity to develop our impoverished communities through bringing value to items we traditionally overlook.

Assemblage artist Calvin Brett will integrate materials from The Scrap Exchange’s iconic “Blue Barrels” with the works of several artists involved in the collaborative multi-venue, two-city art exhibition between Durham and New Orleans artists, titled “The Bull Meets the Bayou.” Launching off of the Durham and New Orleans connection forged by Prospect 4, the group is working to strengthen the relationship between these two cities and positively affect more of the Durham arts community. The goal is to bring Durham artists to New Orleans to show their work, build connections and expand Durham and NOLA artists’ national network. These efforts will be reinforced by the additional goal of exhibiting New Orleans artists in Durham.

“As an assemblage artist, the task of gathering interesting objects is essential to my creative process. While I enjoy sculpting, painting and drawing, I feel limited in my ability to connect without attaching a found element. I lean heavily on symbols, rhythm and simplification. Using found objects creates a means of providing entry to a viewer accustomed to looking at more traditional art,” says Calvin Brett.

Calvin Brett’s work can be found in private collections in North Carolina, Virginia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, as well as in the permanent collection of North Carolina Central’s Art Museum. He completed an installation and residency at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina. During his first year at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, his work appeared in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It has also been on display in galleries in Harlem and Yonkers, New York; Santa Fe, New Mexico, and various parts of North Carolina.

Packaging Space will be on display from Friday, January 19 – Saturday, February 10, 2018. An opening reception will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 6-9:00 PM. The evening’s festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art making in the Make N Take room. This event is free and the public is warmly welcomed.

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