Monday, May 14, 2012

"Re-used with Care" Opens in the Green Gallery May 18

mixed media collage and assemblage by EJ Greaves

“Re-used with Care" opens Friday, May 18 in the Green Gallery at The Scrap Exchange. This exhibit features colorful mixed media collage and assemblage by Durham artist EJ Greaves. Greaves collects small everyday items and found objects, and then transforms them into fun and playful art pieces that invite the viewer to play the I-Spy game.  

Greaves has always been attracted to collecting, reusing and recycling found objects in his creations. He studied art at Florida International University in Miami, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree before eventually moving to Durham.

"While in art school I created art for the sake of quantity and quality, while fun and creativity were stripped aside. My life as an artist withered and almost died after graduation, becoming a hibernating seed until my move to North Carolina. Now my work is at a deeply personal root because it is steeped in selfishly using creation as an extension of myself, without regard to what others think."

"Re-used with Care" will run from May 18 through June 9. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 18 from 6-9pm with live music and refreshments. Green Gallery openings are sponsored by PBR. Admission is free.

The Green Gallery is located inside The Scrap Exchange creative reuse center, at 923 Franklin Street in Durham. The gallery is open to view anytime during regular retail store hours. For more information, call 919-688-6960.