This exhibition underscores the ability some artists have to decontextualize the marginalized or overlooked, and to imbue the ordinary with something extraordinary. Works made of found materials from RAM’s collection are combined with the work of two featured artists. Kim Alsbrooks emblazons found trash, such as aluminum cans, with detailed oil and graphite portraits of historical figures. Interested in the connection between adornment and social status, Nikki Coupee uses found objects, Plexiglas, and brass to create jewelry that appears opulent even though it is made of non-precious elements.
Artists in the Exhibition
Kim Alsbrooks, Boris Bally, Don Baum, Harriete Estel Berman, Jerry Bleem, Teri Blond, Ken Bova, Lou Cabeen, Nikki Couppee, Robert L. Dancik, Robert Ebendorf, John S. Fraser, Leopold Foulem, John J. Grant, John Garrett, Geoffrey Gorman, Rowena Gough, Walter S. Hamady, Bobby Hansson, Bruce Helander, Tina Fung Holder, David V. Holmes, Judith Hoyt, Lissa Hunter, Jerome E. Karadis, Esther Knobel, Robin Kranitzky, Gyongy Laky, Lauren Levy, John J. Libowski, Keith LoBue, Hollyanne Mitchell, Zoe Morrow, Judy Onofrio, Kim Overstreet, Bryan Petersen, Susan Shie, Karyl Sisson, Kiff Slemmons, Susan Kasson Sloan, Alan Burton Thompson, Anne Wilson, and Nancy Worden