The Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School is currently featuring a unique exhibit by artist-in-residence Jonathan Brand, titled See Something, Say Something.
With the support of the Roberts Foundation and the Hartford Art School, Brand embarked on See Something, Say Something last summer, focusing on objects left behind as lost items of personal value that individuals are trying to retrieve. Brand’s interest is foremost in the detachment of individuals from personal objects and the perceived value of these bonds but also the ability to create a tangible presence out of an absence.
Brand worked with the Metro North Railroad to make wooden copies of lost or left behind objects on the New Haven train line. Working from lost item descriptions or the actual objects themselves, Brand created digital replicas of each object, which he used as templates to carve slightly diminished versions of the originals. The carvings were made using the Hartford Art School’s new CNC machine in the newly-designed “Fab Lab,” where Brand worked with the help of Hartford Art School students.
See Something, Say Something will be on display in the Silpe Gallery through March 5. A lecture by Brand will take place on the final day of the exhibition, Wednesday, March 5, at 2:30 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.
The exhibition is made possible by a grant from the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.
The Silpe Gallery, located in the Hartford Art School’s Taub Hall, is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. For more information, call the Hartford Art School at 860.768.4393.