Exhibition of commonplace objects explores ‘issues of contemporary life’

An exhibition of works by Brazilian conceptualist and sculptor Jac Leirner featuring items created when the artist was in residence at the Yale School of Art last spring will be on display at the school’s 32 Edgewood Avenue Gallery.

Organized by Robert Storr, dean of the Yale School of Art, “Hardware Seda — Hardware Silk” features commonplace items, such as turnbuckles, wire, chains, clamps, and product levels. The sculptures are hanging, freestanding, and wall-mounted, and the exhibition will also include a group of polychrome wooden floor pieces and a series of watercolors related to them.

Leirner creates her sculptures out of discarded or scavenged mass-produced objects and materials, and in her work frequently addresses issues of contemporary life, including consumption, the exchange of information, and commerce, among other topics.

“Hardware Seda — Hardware Silk” will be on view Aug. 29-Sept. 30. The gallery is open noon-6 p.m. Wednesday-Monday (closed Tuesday).

The School of Art will present “A Conversation with the Artist: Jac Leirner in Dialogue with Robert Storr and Adele Nelson” on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 p.m. The talk will take place in Rm. 204 of the School of Art building at 32 Edgewood Ave. (next to the gallery).

Both the exhibition and the talk are open to the public free of charge. Call 203-432-2600 or visit www.art.yale.edu for more information.

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