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2016: Transformers: Re-contextualizing Our Material Culture, Ruth Funk Center For Textile Arts, Melbourne, FL. 

September 17 - December 17, 2016

Contemporary artists Jodie Mack, Garry Noland, Julie Peppito and Gerry Trilling regard material culture as raw material. They use it to create artwork of a high order, informed by its fraught, untidy, intimate origins - paintings, sculptures, films, and tapestries in which the ordinary stuff of our lives becomes splendid and strange.

This exhibition is curated by contemporary artist China Marks and presented in conjunction with Radiant Messenger: Drawings by China Marks on view at the Foosaner Art Museum (October 22, 2016 ā€“ January 8, 2017).

For Image List click here.  

For my statement about the work for Transformers click here.  

 

2013: Julie Peppito, Connected, Heskin Contemporary, NYC

We are all connected; To each other, biologically. To the earth, chemically. To the rest of the universe atomically. ā€• Neil deGrasse Tyson

Iā€™m looking at my hand. I imagine I can see right through it. First I see the outer shape; the wrist, the palm, the five fingers; then I see the veins, which mimic the fingers. Then I see the bones, which mimic the veins branching out. Then I look out the window and see a tree; the trunk, the branches, the leaves. Then I think about a tree in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Chile, Indonesia, El Salvador, and my hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Then I imagine all the tiny circular cells that make up all of those trees. I think about the atoms that make up the cells and how all those atoms are connecting all of those places like bricks in a building, or one of those mushrooms that seem separate above ground, but are actually one huge organism connected underground. 

Connected Images

(Above) Damon + Details +  Damon's Objects that he gave me to create his portrait.

(Below) Olivia + Details.

(Below) rdp + Details + rdp's Objects.

(Below) Kathleen Rose Kelly + Details +  Kathleen's Objects.

(Below) John + Details.