Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Super Hero Super Party!

The happy Superhero and Villain gang after a successful Scrap Exchange Bday Party!

Is your birthday coming up? Have you planned a party? Have you thought about The Scrap Exchange as your next party spot...?

That's right, folks, The Scrap Exchange is one of the hottest 2011 party places and it's not just for kids! All ages can have a rockin' and affordable Scrappy Birthday!

See below for some wonderful pictures of the lovely Maria's birthday party, which happened last weekend. The theme was "Superheroes and Villians", and let me just say I don't think I've ever seen Duke grad students get so awesomely creative! There were SUPER DUPER costumes being made all night!

Call 682-2751 to plan the most original birthday party in town!!

The donut superhero (check out his biohazard briefs and sprinkle cape)

20/20 vision is a must for any Superhero

Hard at work!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Green Gallery Opening January 21: "Scavenge, Assemble and Survive"

The Scrap Exchange is pleased to announce a new exhibit opening on January 21 in The Green Gallery.

Exhibit Title: “Scavenge, Assemble and Survive,” featuring robots by Tyler Jackson and upcycled window-mirrors and other art by Greg Mavraganis,
Dates: January 21 - February 12
Opening Reception: January 21, 6-9 p.m. with free make ‘n’ take activities and refreshments, open to the public

The Green Gallery is open during store hours: Mon., Tues., Wed. & Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. The Green Gallery is located in the back of The Scrap Exchange creative reuse center, located at 548 Foster St., Durham. For more information call 688-6960.

"Scavenge, Assemble and Survive"
(Contributing writer: Orla Swift)

Tyler Jackson and Greg Mavraganis don’t need to visit art supply stores to find the canvases for their art. It starts with the stuff people throw away.

For Mavraganis, that’s often old windows, which he transforms into shabby-chic mirrors. For Jackson, reclaimed wood sprouts back to life as articulated robots that he calls “BLANKS.”

Their art is featured in an exhibit called “Scavenge, Assemble and Survive,” which opens Jan. 21 at The Green Gallery in Durham’s The Scrap Exchange.

TYLER JACKSON: “Like many of us, I have become more conscious of my footprint on this planet and how the work that I create impacts the world we live in,” says Jackson, who lives in Raleigh. “I have always been interested in the art toy, which is inspired by the aesthetics of childhood toys but remains a sculptural object rather than a plaything. Instead of coming up with a design and then having it manufactured, I decided to design a toy which could be made from accessible recycled materials.”

The collection of robots in the Scrap exhibit, each embellished with donated odds and ends, “further develops the narrative of the importance of scavenging and reuse for survival in a post-apocalyptic wasteland,” he says.

“During the process of making this work, I was pleased to discover that the mistakes and somewhat limited control of materials did not detract from the quality of the work but instead gave each piece a personality which cannot be recreated in a machine in a factory but only as a product of the artist's hand in the process,” he says. “This personality gives the work character, makes the narrative stronger and makes every piece truly unique.”

GREG MAVRAGANIS: Mavraganis receives many of his windows from building renovators in Durham, where he lives. He says he likes riding around, checking out the ever-changing real estate scene. And refurbishing the windows enables him to be ecological and also reflect the city’s heritage.

“Each window comes from a house with a distinct past and unique history,” he says. “In that way, when I refinish them I’m capturing the history in the windows while also giving it new life as a mirror. I think that's similar to the urban revival that’s going on in Durham.”