An Oakland, Calif., artist is showing his work in Carson City, with his exhibition, For Detail View, opening Friday at the CCAI Courthouse Gallery, 885 E. Musser St.
The artist, Jeff Hantman, will be on hand at a free reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery. Hantman will present at 5:30 p.m.
Hantman said he repurposes discarded materials he finds and uses them in his art.
“I constantly gather materials from piles of garbage discarded on the side of the road and beneath freeway underpasses. I am especially drawn to plywood and explore the possibilities of working with it in an unconventional way. As I travel I am drawn to structures and places that have been neglected and left to deteriorate under the sun and their own weight,” Hantman said.
Hantman said his studio is full of weathered objects, plywood scraps, and broken furniture he found on the street. In his studio, he disassembles these collected items and reconfigures them into large sculptures that resemble objects that may or may not be obsolete. He combines woodworking, print making and painting to create his sculptures.
The artist, a Bay Area resident for 20 years, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in print making from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1995. In 2009 he attended Djerassi in Woodside, Calif., where he refined his use of bent plywood techniques. The following year he received a fellowship from the KALA Art Institute in Berkeley, Calif. In 2012 he attended the Artist in Residence program in Krems, Austria, and the Recology AIR program in San Francisco.
Hantman is planning to present to Carson High School students while he’s in the area.
CCAI commissioned Chérie Louise Turner, a Bay Area freelance writer and copy editor, writes the exhibition essay for Hantman’s show.
Admission is free. The gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
The Capital City Arts Initiative is an artist-centered organization who supports artists and the arts and culture of Carson City and the surrounding region. It’s committed to community building for the area’s diverse adult and youth populations through art projects and exhibitions, live events, arts education programs, artist residencies, and online projects.
For more information, go to CCAI’s website at www.arts-initiative.org.