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Reclamation: Art From the Scraps of Durham’s Growth Boom

New York City Art Curator, Jason Andrew had this to say about Mark Cool’s work:
“Mark Cool loves the thrill of the hunt for cool vintage relics, reclaiming wood and found materials to make his art. Salvaging all his materials, his passion is to rescue cast-off stuff and give it new life almost in a historic preservation kind of way. Self-taught, his assemblages and sculptures capture a rustic and primitive spirit.”

Salvaging is a big part of Mark’s process. Origin, age, and patina of objects matter a lot. The older the better, he loves the historic preservation aspect- taking pieces of history and giving them new life. His materials come from abandoned buildings, old gutted homes, dumpster diving, and gathering what he finds on the street, railroad tracks, in the woods, or a field. On rare occasions Mark gets stuff from thrift stores, reuse stores or metal scrap yards.

“I see what I do as similar to quilting- taking a bunch of disparate objects and pieces and making them into a pleasing whole. The materials speak to me and I follow my intuition in assembling them,” explains Mark.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 20, 2018, from 6-9:00 pm.  The evening’s festivities include light snacks and drinks, as well as free art-making in the Make and Take room. Musical entertainment will be provided by Dick Sloane’s Ukulele band, the “U-Ukes”. This event is free and the public is warmly welcomed.  

The show runs from July 20- August 11, 2018.