**OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 18, 6-8pm
For Middlebrook, disturbed sites reveal human disruptions of nature, whether they be construction sites, clear-cut forests, plowed fields, or military targets, and we are reminded of man’s uncompromising footprint on the Earth through the artist’s drawings, sculptures and installation.
Largely influenced by images published in The New York Times over the past year, Middlebrook reveals actions that have fostered environmental disruptions. These disruptions, often argued as the progress of civilization, can also be seen as the result of fear and the need to control. As Barry Glassner notes in his book, The Culture of Fear: Why Americans are Afraid of the Wrong Things, politicians and the media hold the ability to lobby for the continued destruction of our natural resources, the safety and preservation of our communities as the supposed goals. Along with drawings and sculptures in the main gallery, a site-specific installation will include a combination of synthetic and natural materials. Middlebrook’s sculptures, created using car parts taken from his local wrecking yard, hold a more personal reverence. The artist has chosen makes and models once owned by himself or a family member. Over the surfaces lie mosaics that transform otherwise mundane objects into tantalizing ones.
Jason Middlebrook lives and works in Hudson, New York. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including PKM Gallery, Beijing; Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut; the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, Colorado; Centro Arte Contemporanea, Sienna, Italy; Wellcome Trust, London, England; the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, California; the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts; and in New York at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the Public Art Fund, the Whitney Museum of American Art and Wave Hill.