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Gashapon : art encapsulated ; PIERRO gallery , BAIRD CENTER

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Updated on May 15, 2015

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GASHAPON : ART encapsulated
curated by ASHA GANPAT

is a fascinating assembly of 6 artists at PIERRO gallery
THE BAIRD CENTER in SOUTH ORANGE NJ .


GASHAPON : is a JAPANESE translation of a high end VENDING machine

AS SUCH , ASHA GANPAT has assembled for OUR viewing pleasure ...

6 artists who display their own takes on presenting miniature works
from a vending APPARATUS / machine ...

NAMELY in alphabetical order :

J . CARPENTER
ANNE DUSHANKO DOBEK
PETER EMERICK
LORI FIELD
KAREN GUANCIONE
OWEN OERTLING



NOW on view ...
APRIL 16 / 2015
till MAY 17 / 2015
ALL the works SERVE as metaphor and as SURROGATES for another agenda ...
WHAT am I suggesting here ?


J . CARPENTER :
Presents rather small / intimate HAND stitched TRACES of HUMAN elementary experiences
in the form of interiors ...
EXECUTED in a minimalistic / constructivist fashion .



ANNE DUSHANKO DOBEK :
PARALLEL MIGRATIONS - displays documentations of MONARCH BUTTERFLIES
AS metaphor for much larger ENVIRONMENTAL and SOCIO - POLITICAL concerns about DISPLACEMENT , MIGRATION and EXTINCTION ...
whereby as FORREST GUMP'S mother stated :
IT is like a box of chocolates ....
YOU never know WHAT you may get !



PETER EMERICK :
presents PORTRAITS of TRAFFIC road cones
That appear to be HYPNOTIC ORBS
EMPTY vessels that may carry HUMAN attributes ...


LORI FIELD :
various pseudo - FEUDALISTIC personae done AS costume JEWELRY
to be worn AND fondled ...



KAREN GUANCIONE :
A large CACOPHONY of FURIOUS papers / notes ...
ENGULPHED in a MONOLITHIC cloud ...
A metaphor for RELENTLESS care of an ailing ELDERLY person in the last throes
of ALZHEIMERS disease .



OWEN OERTLING :
Displays and fabricates THE GUILDERS ;
These little people are toys to be shared and consumed ;
somewhat LIKE outsourcing for IMPERIALISTIC concerns ...




LASTLY ; is the EMERGENCE of unexpected payoff ,

IS ASHA GANPAT herself ; THE curator AS another element within this menagerie .
she becomes the 7 th ELEMENT / artist ...

HER shrewd arrangement ITSELF becomes like a cracker jack ...SURPRISE !
OH MY ...

WHAT do I mean by THAT ?

Well , ALL the ART on view ... encapsulated as it were
REGARDS the modular - vending machine like display of MINIATURES

as SURROGATES for other agenda ...

THIS other agenda is much like a CRACKER JACK surprise / OUTCOME ...

THE use of METAPHOR / SURROGATE

entails an INTERPRETATION as a surprise element ...

LASTLY , the curators calculated EXPERIMENT is another SURPRISE / PAYOFF .

I submit for YOUR viewing pleasure

GASHAPON -art encapsulated

thank you

G . SCOTT LAMANNA

LOST IN THOUGHT GALLERY
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