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In the Courtyard: Fugitive Color by Kristen Rego



March 2015

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Gail Heidel, Gallery and Public Program Manager

ph 914-738-2525, fax 914-738-2686, email [email protected]

Pelham Art Center, 155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803


New Public Art Exhibition Opens at Pelham Art Center


In the Courtyard: Fugitive Color by Kristen Rego

April 11 – June 12, 2015

Exhibition Opening during Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival: April 11, 2015, 1:30-3:30PM

Pelham Art Center is thrilled to announce the new public art installation Fugitive Color by New York artist Kristen Rego. This solo sculpture exhibition is open to the public April 11 – June 12, 2015, 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week in Pelham Art Center’s outdoor courtyard. An opening will be held in conjunction with the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival on April 11, 2015, 1:30-3:30PM. The Fugitive Color series is three separate works constructed from plastic bottle caps from sources such as soda, shampoo, laundry detergent, parmesan cheese, bottled water, toothpaste, and countless other products collected from recycle bins, sidewalks, and streets by both the artist and Pelham Art Center. Each work contains 5-7 columns that are 7 feet tall. The caps are arranged on metal rods to give the illusion of color shifting, draining or saturation, which can be read as a form of painting as well as found-object totemic sculpture. 


More about Kristen Rego

Kristen Rego b. North Olmsted, OH in 1984, is based in the Hudson Valley region of NY. She earned a BFA from Ohio State University in Painting and Drawing and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Painting and Printmaking. Kristen has exhibited nationally in New York, Ohio, Virginia, Maine and New Jersey and was a Vermont Studio Center resident in March, 2012. She is an adjunct professor, artist, collector and lover of things forgotten and discarded.


Artist Statement

My work addresses issues of painting that exist off the canvas. I collect plastic caps, printed cardboard, grocery store ads, and other scraps and remnants that accumulate into two and three-dimensional works. I grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, OH where my family shared a branch of grocery stores. This history is reflected in my work as I search for personal meaning behind the materials I am drawn towards. I piece together a mostly unknown family lineage with aspects of the stores themselves: the familiar smell of produce and the varieties of products. My aim is to capture a place and time, and identify a shift where things are seemingly static. On a daily basis I am consistently picking up bits of discarded material and forming an immediate bond. These surroundings are the source of a slow and sensitive documentation of where we are right now, or at least what’s on sale.


Pelham Art Center   155 Fifth Avenue   Pelham, NY 10803   914-738-2525   [email protected]

Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10–5pm; Saturday, 10–4pm

Directions: Located 5 blocks from the Hutchinson Parkway exit 12 and 2 blocks from the Metro North Pelham stop


These events and programs are made possible, in part, by the ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government. Pelham Art Center also receives funding from: New York State Council on the Arts, A State Agency; Westchester Jewish Community Services; hibu; Nurses Network of America; Town of Pelham; New Rochelle Campership Fund; the Rutsch Family; Bistro Rollin; Robin’s Art+Giving; Nycon; Junior League of Pelham, Prospect Hill Lunchtime Enrichment; Strypemonde Foundation; Mark Link Insurance; Broadway Electric, Owen Berkowitz; Members; and Annual Fund Donors.