Event Details

Jim Gemake: ART FROM THE DISCARDED OBJECT

Date: October 4th, 2017
Venue: Quogue Library
Address: 90 Quogue Street
City: Quogue
Organization: Quogue Library
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Price: FREE
Age: All
Website: https://www.quoguelibrary.org/current-newsletter
Phone: 631-653-4224
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This exhibit runs from October 3rd to October 25th. Brooklyn-born Jim Gemake is a self-taught mixed media artist who lives and works in Water Mill. He uses found or discarded objects to achieve the elements of color, shape and texture that are key to his work. Mr. Gemake creates his assemblages with objects such as scraps of paper and pieces of wood or rusted metal, often picked up on his daily walks along Route 27. By composing the discarded objects into something new or different, he gives them a second life and a new meaning. The artist refers to his process as “tripartite,” consisting of construction (the object in its original state), deconstruction (the discarded object now torn, broken or weathered) and reconstruction (as it appears in his art).

Mr. Gemake points to the Dada movement, Kurt Schwitters and Russian Constructivism as major influences on his work. He also finds the Cyrillic alphabet architecturally pleasing and uses it at times in his art. “While my work is about change,” says the artist, “I also try to bring the element of concealment and withholding to my work, leaving room for the imagination.”