Curated by Tom Kotik
Assembled, a group exhibition presented at 1 MetroTech Center, features new sculptures by six artists who incorporate recycled, reused, and refashioned materials into their creative practice. Though different in style, their work shares a playful vitality born from the ability to transform and inject new life into commonly neglected items one might simply discard and forget. Charlotte Becket, Johnston Foster, and Shari Mendelson expertly craft new objects from inventories of collected refuse found in urban landscapes, such as plastic bottles, office waste, and industrial scraps from construction sites. Courtney Puckett and Letha Wilson employ abandoned objects like old furniture, rusty pipes, and scrap metal, transforming and obscuring their original purpose by applying colorful fibers or incorporating photographic elements. Daniel Wiener draws upon his own studio practice, deftly collaging bits and fragments from old sculptures to create lively dreamlike visions in three dimensions.
The works presented in Assembled speak to the ingenuity of the creative spirit and hold a special resonance, given today’s world of expanding landfills and seemingly endless material waste. These works of art inspire us to find innovative ways to repurpose and recycle items in our own lives, providing creative pathways to a healthier and more sustainable planet.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Charlotte Becket lives and works in New York City where she is an Associate Professor at Pace University. Solo and two person exhibitions include CultureHub and Taxter and Spengemann, both in NY; Valentine Gallery, Brooklyn; Crisp Gallery, London; LEAP, Berlin. Becket has been part of group exhibitions at Gasser and Grunert, Anna Kustera, and the Invitational Exhibition Academy of Arts and Letters, all in NY; as well as Gazelli Art House, London. She has been invited to lecture on her work at various galleries and universities and has been the recipient of grants from The Center for Book Arts in New York; The New York Foundation for the Arts, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, and The Tony Smith Foundation. Learn more at charlotte-becket.com
Courtney Puckett is a Hudson Valley artist who lived and worked in Brooklyn for 15 years. She earned her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and her MFA from Hunter College, was an Artist-in-Residence in LMCC’s Workspace Program and a Full Fellowship recipient at Vermont Studio Center. She has participated in exhibitions across the country, collaborated with Neville Dance Studio for Norte Maar’s “Counterpointe” series and curated “Drawing for Sculpture” at TSA NY. She is a part-time faculty at Parsons School of Design and was a Faculty Artist at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She runs the backyard art spaceWhite Rock Center for the Arts. Learn more at Courtneypuckett.com
Johnston Foster was born in in South Boston, VA and raised in Williamsburg, VA. He received a BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MFA from Hunter College, NY and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2003. He has exhibited widely throughout the Unites States and Europe in solo and group exhibitions including P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center MOMA, NY; 21c Museum; Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA; Yerba Buena Center of the Arts, San Francisco, CA; and the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach. His work is found in collections internationally and in 2017 he completed a commission for a permanent, immersive 3,000 sq. ft installation titled BuzzKill in the dining room and lounge of the 21c Museum and Hotel in Bentonville, AK. Foster lives and works in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with his wife Amie and their three sons. Learn more at johnstonfoster
Shari Mendelson is a sculptor who lives and works in Brooklyn and Upstate NY. She’s received a Guggenheim Fellowship, A Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and four New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. This fall she will have a solo show at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NY and participate in a group show, Re-materialize, at The Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Learn more at sharimendelson.com
Daniel Wiener, who received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012, grew up in Los Angeles and has lived in New York City for thirty-nine years. A professional artist since 1977, Daniel’s first show was at the Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco, CA. In 1982, Daniel was awarded a fellowship for an unusually long stay at Yaddo in Saratoga Spring, NY, which inspired his exodus to the East Coast. Daniel’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in both group and one-person shows, notably at Bravin/Post Lee Gallery, NY; and Acme Gallery, Los Angeles. Daniel’s work has been exhibited in recent shows, including at Studio 10 and in the BRIC Biennial, both in Brooklyn. Daniel had a one-person show titled Wide-eyed & Open-mouthed at Lesley Heller Gallery, NY, in 2019. In response to this show, Bomb Magazine published an interview with Daniel and Fawn Krieger called The Space of Intimacy: Daniel Wiener. He is currently working on a series of painting-like-bas-reliefs made from self-hardening clay based on a technique he developed at Dieu Donne. Daniel lives and works in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Learn more at danielweiner.com
Letha Wilson was born in Hawaii, raised in Colorado, and currently works in Craryville and Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from Syracuse University, and her MFA from Hunter College in NY. Wilson attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and her artwork has been shown at many venues including Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA; deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; and the International Center for Photography, NY. Learn more a lethaprojects.com