JAIME ALVAREZ: CONSUMPTION / On view through April 14

Opens February 2, 2018

Reception: Friday, March 2, 5:30 – 8 PM RSVP here

Jaime Alvarez exhibition album
Jaime Alvarez exhibition album

Photographing found and discarded objects, Jaime Alvarez’s Consumption explores intimacy, sentimentality, and loss. The show stems from his 2016 residency at RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) which operates out of a recycling center in North Philadelphia. There, by the process of manipulation and composition, he continued his investigation into the resonance of abandoned objects that were begun in Memento, an earlier series of work.

Alvarez shapes these discarded items by painting them either white or black, creating a uniformity among them that helps the viewer to focus on each object’s weight, contours, and the emotions evoked. Although many of these objects are small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, his photographs are monumental in size.

The exhibition also includes an installation comprised of the objects that appear in the photographs on the walls, creating a dialogue between the objects themselves and their photographic representations. By focusing on discarded objects, Alvarez calls attention to what gets lost in our increasingly throwaway society

Philadelphia-based Jaime Alvarez’s work questions the world around us by addressing varying themes such as privacy, institutional design, concepts of time, memory and meaning, homogeneity, and as of lately, the using up of resources. The Puerto Rican-born Alvarez studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

As part of the exhibition, there will be a free workshop with RAIR, Disposable and Indispensable, on March 24. Learn more and RSVP here.