Relic by Katelynn Altgilbers opens Tremont ArtWalk Friday August 9th

Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Altgilbers earned BFAs from Cleveland Institute of Art and Ursuline College before relocating to the East Coast, earning her MFA from Montclair State University (NJ) and currently teaching at SUNY Old Westbury College on Long Island. “Relic” can be seen reworking the post-industrial ruin exhibiting widely in rustbelt galleries these days (see Anne Trubek’s review-essay in the last issue of CAN Journal). Yet, rather than thematizing human waste against a resilient natural backdrop, Altigebers’ work offers photo tableaus of small survivors of nature’s own vast havoc. She writes, “Some of the pieces are from the beach after hurricane Sandy,” for example, “a sea sponge covered in small coral” against “a damaged home after hurricane Sandy. . . . This work is a celebration of objects that survive time and trauma.”

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