5 Moving Bottles at the US Rubber Company Mill, a solo exhibition by Eli Tegu, offers a dynamic viewing experience as five clay sculptures will be created within the gallery during the month-long exhibition. This live creation highlights Tegu’s interest in engaging with spaces whose function has changed over time, but have remained valuable. By building the clay sculptures in this converted industrial space, the artist will underscore the passing of time. Visitors have the opportunity to witness the artistic process firsthand, gaining insight into the artist’s techniques, inspiration, and creative journey.
The exhibition is on view from Thursday, February 8 through Sunday, March 3, 2024, with an opening reception on Thursday, February 8th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to make a return visit during the month to experience the progression of the work as well as join us for a closing gathering on Thursday, February 29th at 6:00 p.m. where Tegu will push over one of the vessels.
Tegu will be working on the vessels throughout the month during the WaterFire Arts Center store + gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to all, donations encouraged.
A statement from the artist,
“An old bottle can contain mysteries, unknown substances. They have always intrigued me as a link to the past, as vessels of forgotten necessities. They are kindred to landscapes containing ruins; the possibilities of the past motivate my mind.
I like to think about in-between-time. When an object or place has lost its value as a practical thing, and lays dormant waiting for its new function to be fully realized as a bookmark to the past. I want to engage with these spaces and highlight them with my own language of growth and ruin. I want to mimic the cycle that humans perpetuate on earth in an accelerated window.”
About the Artist
Eli Tegu graduated from the ceramics department at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015, and has installed and built sculptures in RI, MA, NY, NJ, MO, and NM.
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