Shadow on Concrete Wall

Rust and Glass Redux

 

Redux:  brought back; resurgent.

 

“Redux:  brought back; resurgent.”  The art materials that these sculptures were constructed from consist of many different objects that have been ‘brought back’ and repurposed to create a thought provoking collaboration of recycled and repurposed sculptures. Objects that once served as integral parts of everyday life have been transform from discarded items - to sculptures that bring to mind a different time and way of life. The artists represented in this show all understand and support the inspirational and educational value of bringing history to life by putting everyday objects in a new context. The hope is that these pieces will inspire viewers to see the potential and beauty in daily details.

Many of these pieces first appeared on display at the Hahn Horticulture Garden

Artist: Diane Relf     Fabricator: Dave Angle

 

Each of us constitutes our own universe, made of the same materials, forged in the same experiences, but unique in our manifestations; we stand parallel, so close but never merging.  Circles concentrate and often confine our love. Rusted metal is a testimonial to the ability of the Earth to reclaim even the hardest of materials created by man from the resources we use, in our attempts at conquering the environment. The rims of old wagon wheels hold discarded plate steel in shapes left from multiple cuttings and fabrications. Each giant circle carries the viewer into a different universe, constructed by rethinking refuse.

 

Contact: dianerelf@icloud.com

Parallel Universes

Artist: Diane Relf

Fabricator: Dave Angle

Each of us constitutes our own universe, made of the same materials, forged in the same experiences, but unique in our manifestations; we stand parallel, so close but never merging.  Circles concentrate and often confine our love. Rusted metal is a testimonial to the ability of the Earth to reclaim even the hardest of materials created by man from the resources we use, in our attempts at conquering the environment. The rims of old wagon wheels hold discarded plate steel in shapes left from multiple cuttings and fabrications. Each giant circle carries the viewer into a different universe, constructed by rethinking refuse. 

Pillars in the Allee

Artists: Members of the Blacksburg Regional Art Association (BRAA), Diane Relf, and Dave Angle.

These posts once proudly supported porches that were home to rocking chairs and green plants in the warmth of summer. Having lost their original homes and purpose, they are now happily planted as popsicles of pastel colors.

Glass Flower Gates

Artist: Diane Relf

Heavy metal grids support glass flowers made from punch bowls, vintage snack sets and other glassware to create a welcoming and whimsical experience for guests as they approach the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center.

Tryptic in Glass

Artist: Diane Relf

For the series of window shows, Artists used different materials to express their perception of this area through the creation of their “personal window”.  This tryptic consists of pieces of glass; many unused, discarded, and no longer valued. When combined they are both beautiful - and strong.

Dollie

Artist: Michael Collver

“Dollie” is constructed from a 250-gallon diesel oil tank, trashcan, and many local artifacts from Appalachian life dating back to the 1930s. Look closely and you might find:

 

Landscape Nail; Filler Cap; Carriage Bolt; Drill Bit; Garden Rake; Steel Mesh; Welding Coupon; Brake Shoe; Insulator; Fly Wheel; Rail Anchor; Rail Spike; Posthole Digger; Trash Can; Piston; Horse Shoe, Steel Chain; Reemer; Kettle; Shovel Head

 

Contact: mcollver@mcps.org

Opuntia Rustica 'Didave'

Artist: Diane Relf     

Fabricator: Dave Angle

 

Cactus-like metal plants constructed of recycled saw-blades designed to cut concrete and other material. It is approximately 4 - 5 feet tall.  

Wine Bottle Mushrooms

Artists: Paula Golden & Diane Relf

 

Inspired by a bioluminescent fungus, Armillaria mellea (also known as honey fungi) can be found on trees and woody bushes at Pandapas Pond, and Mountain Lake Conservancy and along the Virginia Creeper Trail. The Wine Bottle Mushrooms consist of wine bottles placed long screws which have been secured to a cedar post, supported by a painted base. If you visit after dark, you will see that the ends of the wine bottles hold phosphorus painted golf-balls which glow in the dark.

Glass Reflections

Artists: Kate Golden, Paula Golden, Diane Relf and many community volunteers.

 

Although less common today - serving plates, bowls, saucers, salt cellars and other glass/crystal serving dishes were typical household items throughout the 1900’s. In “Glass Reflections” objects were collected from antique stores and combined into flowers as garden accents that remind us of our parent’s and grandparent’s gardens.

Diane Relf: Artist's Statement

 

First and foremost, art is about having fun by creating something, while I enjoy playing with materials. Most of my work is never quite finished as I add to and embellish it as long as I own it. Experimenting with new materials and techniques, solving problems and making things up as I go are essential elements of art for me.

 

Much of my art is about finding discarded objects and manipulating them to explore their potential; then combining these new objects into statements of appreciation of the mundane. It questions the validity of a throwaway society, the value of always needing new, and the perfection of machinery precision. It celebrates the daily detritus that has lost its meaning and gives it a new opportunity to open eyes and minds.

 

My art is based on my experience with and love of the natural environment. As such, it is never perfect, incorporating rough edge and unbalanced lines into its symmetry in acknowledgement of the broken beauty of nature.

 

Working with Rust   I have long had a love affair with rust and much of my work explores rust’s potential in creative expression in many forms: wood and rust sculpture; rust dyed and printed textiles and paper; wearable art; metal masks; altered art tiles; photography; and digital graphic “collages”.

Diane Relf: Biography

"Born and raised poor in Texas, I learned young to play with discarded items and appreciate the value of things that most people found useless.  A career in academia had demands that derailed me from playing with art. But since retirement several years ago, I have continuously created and recreated my art.

With a back ground as a VT - VCE Horticulture Extension Specialist for 25 years I find that I continue to seek ways to share with others in the community. Art projects that I have been involved with in over the last few years include Art in the Garden and Simply Elemental at the Hahn Garden and through the BRAA"Windows on our Community"

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