October 26 - December 7, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 26, 3 - 5 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Thursday: 12:30 - 3:30 and Friday - Saturday: 1:00 - -5:00 p.m.
Pulled Resources, the artist collaborative consisting of Dan DeZarn of West Sparta, NY and Thomas Sturgill of Nashville, TN teamed up in August of this year, with the Foundation students and faculty from the Art Department at Alfred University on a project called Custom. The idea of the project was to explore the human tendency to modify.
Since people have always modified and reinvented the objects they used either for specific functional need or for creative and nonfunctioning entertainment, DeZarn and Sturgill assert that this propensity is most evident in American car culture. “Auto manufacturers tailor car models according the specific demographics, …after-market companies offer car owners a wide variety of accessories to embellish and personalize the vehicles.” These companies appeal to individual, dreams and fantasies that exhibit such traits as power, beauty, virility, or sophistication.
The exhibition Pulled Resources: Custom, A Collaboration with Alfred University Foundation Students utilized this cultural phenomenon; providing students the materials, plans and skills to build a wheelbarrow with the task of modifying their wheelbarrow, and using the automobile, a dominant cultural object, and all its material culture ramifications and shift the object, to reinvent, reconfigure the wheelbarrow as something that fosters growth and production instead of unsustainable consumption.