Gallery: ‘Breaking the Bottle’ Upcycles Glass Shards into a Glittering ...

The Meatpacking District’s Heller Gallery is home to a new sustainable art exhibition. Brooklyn artist Mark Reigelman’s exhibition, “Breaking the Bottle” upcycles hundreds of broken glass shards into a sculptural installation. Each piece in the exhibit is a household object covered with sparkling pieces of green glass. Known for his public art projects around New York, Reigelman communicates by using surprising materials to portray ordinary objects. For Breaking the Bottle, the artist does just that. Breaking green glass, thousands and thousands of sharp pieces of varying sizes are used to cover the entire exhibition.

Reigelman recreated a room in his childhood home, creating domesticity with a dining table, mirrors, book and even bearskin rug. The furniture sits atop a platform that is the exact dimensions of his family’s living room, evoking familial familiarity. Yet Reigelman breaks the comfort level, by covering each surface with the broken shards of glass.

At first glance, the glittering green surfaces appear to be soft like Astroturf. The rich greens bring shrubbery and topiaries to mind. But upon closer inspection, the softness fades, and we see that the chairs, tables and fixtures are instead covered with dangerous glass. The welcoming family living room quickly turns to a forbidden and possibly dangerous place.

Reigelman took the inspiration of using glass from the glass shard-topped fences that surround homes. The jutting shards protect the outside from breaking in, but also keep the inside from breaking out, creating a feeling of isolation. The crystalline furniture set represents the set up of any family home. Reigelman asks us to reexamine our comfort levels, and the feeling of isolation in our own homes.

The show runs at the Heller Gallery until July 30th.

+ Mark Reigelman + Heller Gallery

Via Frame Mag


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