Object and Meaning: An Exploration of Brokenness and Repair

September 21-November 2, 2013

Place Gallery

how long will you have to make clay pitchers
that have to be broken to enter you?

It's easy to categorize things in our lives or in the world as either falling apart or coming together, but these things are always happening in tandem. By paring them down to simplest form and bringing them into the same room, the juxtaposition illuminates their relation to one another, how they are two sides of the same coin. Construction and destruction are both part of the same unfolding story.

In destroying and mending objects there is an opportunity for reflection about the meanings and stories we attach to these objects. By transmuting the objects, there's the possibility of transmuting their stories as well.

It is an opportunity to glimpse into the possibility of a new organization of meaning. It is the way things are always breaking down and building up at the same time. It is the making and remaking of meaning. It is systems and stories that no longer work in their wholeness, things that have to be pieced together from what remains, from what has been worn and torn and shattered, loved into loose strands.

Artist Talk at Place Gallery
Saturday, November 2, 2013

Photos from the exhibition:

Gallery Signage, Install


First Display of objects to be broken

Install View, just before opening night

Install View, just before opening night

Object #1

Gabe Flores, gallery director preparing to break

Sorting through the remnants


Repairing Object #1

Repair Booth, opening night


Object #2

Object #2

Object #1, Repaired

Object #1, Repaired

Object #5

Object #5, Repaired

Object #8
Object #8, Repaired

Object #2, Repair notes

Object #2, Repaired

Object #3

Object #3, Repaired

Install View

Objects to be broken

Objects to be broken

Objects to be broken

Repair booth

Participant preparing to break

Participant with object to be repaired

Install view

Repairing Object #8

Gallery View

Gallery View

Install View

Object #7 needed to be taken home for further repair

Object #10, Repaired

Object #17, Repaired

Object #13

The wall things were broken against

Object #11, Repaired

Install View

Install View