a prefix, occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, ‘re-‘ is used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition, return to a previous condition, or restoration. It can also used with the meaning “back” or “backward” to indicate withdrawal or backward motion.
RE presents the work of four artists whose choice and use of materials convey their affinity towards concepts of renewal and rebirth, their resulting work expressing their desire to give recognition to that which is so often tossed aside.
Whether from a scientific, functional, aesthetic, or reverential standpoint, these artists see the value in that which others would so easily neglect, a crucial matter to consider, particularly at a time when so many tend to live beyond their means- where wastefulness is deeply connected to egocentric materialism.
By salvaging discarded materials, each of these works honor that which is typically rebuked- these long forgotten resources are permitted to develop a new identity. This in turn allows us to reconsider our predetermined notions of material beauty and the value that we place on that which is superficially attractive. In this way, we are prompted us to ask ourselves why society automatically assumes that anything old, used or worn is unworthy of recognition: when did it become that appreciation for aged objects was akin to regressing? What is it about recalling our past that we are so afraid of?