Mark A. Reigelman II "Breaking the Bottle"

Heller Gallery

poster for Mark A. Reigelman II "Breaking the Bottle"

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Breaking the Bottle is inspired by the protective glass crenellations found on fences, rooftops and surrounding homes all over the world. Glass shards invariably evoke a sense of hostility and intimidation. The unfortunate need for these elegant do-it-yourself deterrents exposes an underlying and pervasive mistrust of the community. Built as barriers intended to protect the contents within their perimeter, they greatly isolate the objects therein. In contrast, the typical home interior provides a selection of highly personalized and comforting materials, textures, and colors. The home is the ultimate sanctuary representing emotional security, history and familiarity.

Breaking the Bottle is a collection of twelve typical household objects encrusted in protective layers of broken glass. The objects were selected based on their symbolic and utilitarian importance within the home and are arranged in a manner that suggests regular use. The objects sit atop a pedestal of the same dimensions as Reigelman’s childhood living room. With nature-evoking greenness and crystalline texture this representation of the central and most important space within the house is at once touchingly familiar and enduringly alien.

The artist says of the work: “By fusing elements of protection with objects of the home, my installation debates the need for fervent homestead defense while pointing out the repercussions of over-protection and the impact it has on social dialogue.”

Reigelman's creative practice is informed by his training in sculpture and industrial design. His current work bridges both disciplines while challenging the common expectations of each. With careful re-examination of concept and utility, Mark's work attempts to erode the boundaries of the two disciplines by redefining the conventional meaning of objects and spaces. His practice is dedicated to questioning the expected uses and qualities of form and material and creating objects that defy the limits of art and design.



from June 03, 2011 to August 26, 2011
Summer Hours in July and August: Monday - Friday from 11 am - 6 pm.

Opening Reception on 2011-06-02 from 18:00 to 20:00

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