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the resource exchange | December 2016
This month: 
-reclaimed Holiday Shopping - Why Buy New?
-Thank You to The Claneil Foundation!
-reCreate Featured Artist Rob Polidoro, reception 12/1
- Matisse-Cutout Workshop 12/3
Truly Green Holiday Shopping!

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We are so pleased that The Claneil Foundation has approved The Resource Exchange for a two-year Community Grant! Thank you for continuing to support our organization and our mission.
Thursday, December 1st, 4-6pm

I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in May of 2016 and subsequently moved to Philadelphia to set up a painting studio and try at being a working painter. One of the hardest parts about painting, without a patron or a school for support, is the prohibitive costs of materials. In order to have a robust and productive studio practice, one must be constantly working, without needing to think about such costs. The Resource Exchange allows me the opportunity to buy inexpensive canvases, or other painting surfaces, on which I can experiment and liven up my painting practice.

Rob Polidoro "One Roller Coaster" Rob Polidoro "Two Water Slides in Confrontation"

My paintings are constantly fighting between what I want and what I don’t want. I felt that what I wanted out of a painting was intuitive. I should come to it through doing rather than thinking, but it is very easy to think about what I don’t want a painting to be. It is all good and well to want a painting to be original and fresh, to stand out in a crowd, but operating within the lens of conformity, I think, allows for more room to grow. By holding on to a specific set of ideals with clear boundaries I am able to make aesthetic decisions I never could have dreamed of on my own. But this begs the question, conformity to what? Within my painting practice it is the adherence to an investigation into the aesthetics of a digitally designed world made real. Incredible forms are being drawn in AutoCAD, and built in places like Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Orlando. When I view them through the filter of Google Maps, they become the Nazca Lines of a new age. These forms cannot be seen at the human level. When you are on a golf course or at a water park, you cannot understand how painterly the gestures of these spaces are. But much like painting there are trends, there are similarities, there are certain boundaries that confine the aesthetics of these spaces. 

Find out more about the artist here!

December reCreate Workshop

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A Matisse-Cutout and Collage Workshop with Rob Polidoro
Saturday, December 3rd, 2-5pm

Rosalind Krauss points to Picasso’s use of collage as an Avant-Guard precursor to the pastiche and anti-historical practices of Postmodernism. This workshop will look to Picasso’s contemporary, friend, and rival, Henri Matisse and his use of self-made collage; what became known as Matisse-Cutouts. By utilizing cutouts of his own design as a medium, Matisse was able to further abstract and re-contextualize the shape and form of his earlier painting practice, opening himself up to new and felicitous era of image making. In the post-postmodern world we live in, where digital images can be copied and pasted to infinity like an endless collage, how can we intervene and bring the human hand back into our lives? By investigating Matisse’s cutouts, we can ourselves expand our artistic practices and breathe new life into our artistic consciousness.

Basic collage and cutting materials will be provided, participants can also purchase additional supplies from our warehouse full of  reclaimed and salvaged arts and making materials.

Workshop Fee: $10
Space is limited
Please RSVP by phone at 267-997-0060
or e-mail:
Call for Artists Featured Artists for the reCreate Gallery
Have you made art in any medium with materials from The Resource Exchange?
 Are you interested in having your work featured in our in-store gallery?

Submissions: Send us an e-mail with a minimum of 2 work examples.
*This is an ongoing program and we are always looking for new artists
to feature, so there are no deadlines. 
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