Homecoming: A Site-specific Installation by Lara Whitley

September 8 through October 6, 2017

Carbondale Arts presents Homecoming: A Site-specific Installation by Lara Whitley designed for the R2 Gallery using mining-era glass foraged from abandoned town dumps in Aspen. Homecoming opens on Friday, September 8, from 6-8pm and runs through October 6, 2017.

On overland walks with our dog, artist Lara Whitley began to see glass and pottery glimmer at me in the dirt. The pieces called to her. She picked them up. And soon she was digging into both the history of our community and the zeitgeist of our time: throwaway culture. Yesterday’s glass and ironstone are today’s plastic.

When Lara is making things, it’s an intuitive process rather than an intellectual one. She tries to follow the flow of ideas. Sometimes meaning comes into focus later. With this installation — a resurrected house she calls “Homecoming” — Lara is able to wrestle with big questions she has about the ways we are trashing our home. Why do we discard things that will outlast us? What does “away” mean? Can we put this house back in order? Will we?

“Homecoming” opens the same evening as “Pattern Recognition: Observations and Explorations by Lindsay Jones”. Learn more about Lindsay’s show here. An art talk will be given by the artists on Friday, September 22, from 5:30-7:00pm. Light refreshments provided.