An Opening Reception for our new exhibition, Cease & Desist, will be held on Friday, January 28, at 7pm in the Project Space Gallery.
As a component of Montalvo’s 18-month thematic program Natural and Creative Capital, which addresses the sustainability of our natural and cultural environments, Cease & Desist addresses issues around the repurposing and recycling of materials that include an identifiable logo or trademark.
The exhibition includes a site-specific installation by Los Angeles based artist Carrie Ungerman that examines consumption behavior around drinking water, while San Jose based artist Charlotte Kruk’s traditional Spanish matador costumes made from candy wrappers celebrate the public’s insatiable sweet tooth and defies the power of the large candy corporation. Four works by George Herms will also be on view, on loan from the Tobey C. Moss Gallery in Los Angeles. Herms' work also re-purposes materials and utilizes found objects.
Many works of art have been created from found objects by masters of modern art such as Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso and Robert Rauschenberg, but what happens when art objects include the repurposed trademark of a major corporation? As a society, we are encouraged to reduce, reuse, and recycle, however the laws around brand name usage leave the parameters around the reuse of product packaging unclear.