The Leslie Curran Gallery @ ARTicles presents the exhibition OBJECT MEMORY: Justin Rabideau
Atlanta-based Justin Rabideau’s solo exhibition focuses on the exploration of discarded materials found in the urban landscape and how these materials can be utilized to create a connection between the Past and the Now. By using found and salvaged pieces of wood and discarded furniture, he creates works that have direct connections to the these urban neighborhoods while also referencing ideas of history, gentrification, cultural wastefulness, and hidden beauty.
“My creative process is fairly physical. In order to have materials to work with, I seek them out by driving, walking, and biking through a wide variety of neighborhoods, back alleys, and side streets. I have become a scout of the various neighborhoods of Atlanta, exploring the areas of growth and death, battlegrounds of gentrification, neglect, development and progress. Through this process I connect with the salvaged materials that I gather, often weaving the object’s history into the works that I produce.”
Rabideau is currently the Director of the Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. He received a BFA in Sculpture and Printmaking from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh and an MFA in Sculpture from The University of Georgia. The artist has exhibited widely, including Marcia Wood Gallery, Mammal Gallery, Kibbee Gallery, Gallery 112, Barbara Archer Gallery, The Goat Farm Arts Center, and Fay Gold Gallery in Atlanta and Riverworks Gallery in Greenville, SC. He has been awarded artist residencies at Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences,GA, The Creatives Project, GA, Sea Side Sculpture Park, CT, and Franconia Sculpture Park, MN.
OBJECT MEMORY, Rabideau’s premier solo exhibition in the Tampa Bay Area, opens on the evening of July 9th, 6-9 pm and continues through Aug 6th, 2016.