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Everyday Poetics

Art Show

The objects of daily life often go unnoticed, but if they are transformed we can begin to observe their distinct aesthetic qualities. Many contemporary artists in Central and Sourth America draw on everyday materials for their assemblages, sculptures, and installations—from dust cloths and mesuring sticks, soda cans and cleaning mops, cardboard packaging, and even the scratch marks of lottery tickets. Their alterations and surprise pairings of repurposed items transform the mundane into poetic ballads. Within these improvised arrangements with poignant titles lie suggestive comments about history, society, the environment, work, and human nature.