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Surplus Materials Art Show
Surplus Materials Art Show
WhenTuesday, Jan 22, 2019, 12 – 6 p.m.
Campus locationPlant Services Building (PSB)
Campus roomUW Surplus Store
Event typesExhibits, Special Events, Student Activities
Event sponsorsUW Surplus…

UW Surplus has embarked on an art project, and we want to share this adventure with you. Compelling art is a conversation, among other things; it may cause you to delight, to reflect, to squirm, and to question, but above all, we hope that art may engage you to think anew about our world, the things in it, and our relationship to the rest of it all.

Most of what we deal with at Surplus is the flotsam and jetsam of everyday office, classroom, and laboratory life—the often mundane standard components of what constitute our daily lives. That there was ever a time before mouse-clicking might seem as absurd to our parents & grandparents as the functionality of a wooden card catalog does to today’s students. So how could items as mundane as mice, keyboards, phones, chairs, and random machine components lend themselves to worthwhile expression in fine art?

This is what we set out to explore when we reached out to the UW School of Art + Art History + Design, specifically, a dedicated group of graduate students in the art program who will be creating works using materials from the Surplus warehouse. Art transcends the mundanities of daily life at a university and compels us to a range of emotional and critical responses, and we’re putting that claim to the test with a show of the finished pieces by the UW graduate art students hosted at the UW Surplus Store January 22, 2019 from Noon-6:00 PM. We invite you to come view, be challenged & inspired by, and engage with the artists’ works and statements as we explore even more ways of making something new from the old while highlighting the possibilities inherent in surplus property. Won’t you join us?…
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