Upcycling gives objects a Second Life

Upcycling gives objects a Second Life

Friday, February 24, 2012

A new show opening soon at Lysaght Watt Gallery aims to inspire visitors to look at the world around them differently.  Second Lives: Reinventing the Ordinary will present artworks by nine established and emerging artists from around New Zealand and examines giving every day objects a new purpose. One persons rubbish is another’s treasure – the show will feature a wide variety of everyday materials intended for other functional uses given a new poetic meaning. 

“Second Lives strives to broaden definitions and ideas about beauty, function and necessity – exploring how crafty we need to be to reduce the waste in our lives in this era of global consumerism.” says curator, South Taranaki District Council arts co-ordinator Michaela Stoneman. 

Featured in the exhibition are Whanganui artists Andrea Gardner and Jack Michalski, New Plymouth artists Jane Mitchell and Sheela Stoneman, and Julie McDonnell, Richard Pearse, Andi Regan, Miranda Smitheram and Adrian Worsley from Taupo, Wellington, Wanaka, Auckland and Te Aroha respectively.

“Each of these artists has a mission to create objects and scenarios that propose clever takes on upcycling.  A wide variety of the materials are intended for other functional purposes, but in Second Lives the objects take on new life.  A testimony to the power of reinvention, the work demonstrates that perception goes a long way in jump-starting innovative recycling. “

The show is part of Te Ngira: New Zealand Diversity Action Programme, run by the Human Rights Commission in March each year.

All are welcome at the opening at 6pm, Monday 5 March - come along, enjoy refreshments and hear artists speak about their work.  Exhibition runs until 31 March 2012 - Lysaght Watt Gallery, 6 Union St, Hawera (beside the Hawera Town Square).

Second Lives: Reinventing the Ordinary
5-31 March 2012
Opening: 6pm Monday 5 March 2012 - All welcome, artist talks.
Lysaght Watt Gallery, 6-8 Union St, Hawera
Open: Monday-Friday 10am – 1pm Saturday 10am- 1pm