This week Gatov Gallery West held a collection of sculptures by Maccabee Shelley. Each were creatively structured with the use of found materials ( such as cones, suitcases, books, etc) and raw material ( such as plastic, glass, paint, etc). The cohesion of the two is what made each piece holds its own significant identity, as they some were stacked while others were melted into unity.
This collection, is titled Fragile Future, by Maccabee Shelley. A student at California State University Long Beach, Shelley informed his audience about his discovery of the art world. Shelley was originally an Environmental Science major who casually took a sculpture class as an elective. Yet as the years passed, Shelley realized that he continually enrolled in sculpture classes each semester and found more enjoyment as the years passed. Eventually he decided to drop his major overall and pursue art. In Shelley’s situation, he incorporated his old interest of environmental science into his art work. As seen in the sculpture of the glass bottle he claims that the production of this piece was a “scientific process”. When asked which of his pieces was his favorite, Shelley replied that he doesn’t see any sculpture as an individual and that rather the gallery itself is one entire piece of work.
I found Shelley’s art very unique as it wasn’t only pleasing to the eye, in its odd forms and suspensions, but in the message it holds as well. With his use of materials, Shelley displayed the fragments of waste in a more beautified form- such as the glass bottles or things we may consider as junk. It is in this perspective, that Shelley shows his ability to create art in a new light, proving that art doesn’t have to necessarily be from materials such clay or plaster; it can be from everyday objects.