Sunday, January 15, 2012

Green Gallery Opening: "Xiucutil: The Origin of Beautiful Species"

Discarded wood finds new life in the next exhibit in The Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange. "Xiucutil: The Origin of Beautiful Species," which opens January 20, will feature paintings and burned images on salvaged wood by Durham native Joe McDonough.

McDonough is a conceptual, performance, and visual-based artist, writer, and musician. He is also a comedian. He was born in Durham in 1981. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, McDonough has drawn experience for his art and comedy while living in cities across the US, including Providence, Baltimore, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles, upstate New York, and various towns in North Carolina. He currently lives in Richmond, Virginia. Interested in the way time affects objects, McDonough works largely with found and discarded materials.

The opening reception is scheduled for Friday, January 20, from 6-9 pm, with free make-and-take activities, refreshments, PBR beer and live music.

"Xiucutil: The Origin of Beautiful Species" will run from January 20 through February 11. Admission to The Green Gallery is free. The Green Gallery is located inside The Scrap Exchange creative reuse center, at 923 Franklin St. in Durham. The gallery is open to view anytime during regular retail store hours. For more information, call 919-688-6960. To see more artwork from Joe McDonough, go to

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