New work by artist-in-residence at the Hartford Art School, Jonathan Brand.
With the support of the Roberts Foundation and the Hartford Art School, artist Jonathan Brand embarked on a new project this summer titled, See Something, Say Something, 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 Hartford Art School’s Silpe Gallery from February 19 through March 5. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. in the Silpe Gallery. An artist’s lecture will be presented on the final day of the exhibition, March 5, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. in the Wilde Auditorium.