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Re:Purposed MARCH 2015

New Scala publication accompanying an exhibition at the Ringling Museum

Scala has been working once again with the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, Florida, to publish the catalogue for their latest exhibition, Re:Purposed. Featuring interviews with nine contemporary artists and a fascinating introduction by Matthew McLendon, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Ringling, the catalogue explores how artists ‘repurpose’ waste to create beautiful, thought-provoking works, which in turn imbue society’s least-valued objects with new worth. 

From Nick Cave’s Soundsuits to Matt Eskuche’s uncanny trash series and Aurora Robson’s somewhat eerie glass sculptures, Re:Purposed demonstrates each artist’s individual response to waste. While the catalogue’s focus is contemporary art, Matthew McLendon reminds us of the long tradition of re-use in art, most famously by Marcel Duchamp, and explores the themes of identity, index and environment across these artists’ work in his introduction. 

As an early review in the Tampa Bay Times puts it, the show and the book inspire us ‘to find beauty where we never thought to look’. We’re very proud to have worked with the Ringling to produce this catalogue on such exciting and provocative contemporary art. 

The catalogue is available now and the exhibition is open until 17 May. 

Image credits (from top):
Nick Cave
Mixed media
94 x 35 x 35 inches
Inventory #NC09.014
© Nick Cave. Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Matt Eskuche, White Trash, 2007
flameworked glass and oil paint dimensions variable
©Matt Eskuche. Collection of Philip and Nancy Kotler. 

Aurora Robson
Everything All At Once, Forever, 2011
Installation comprised of 16 sculptures, plastic debris (PET plastic), including approximately 3,000 bottles and 400 caps, rivets, tinted polycrylic, and mica powder; installed at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa.
© Aurora Robson, image courtesy of the artist