In October, local artist Dan Bartasavich brings “Great Repair 2019” to the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center, with an Artist’s Reception on October 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Dan's multiyear project Great Repair is focused on inspirations from found objects. He sees new life for items found on beach cleanups and items bound for the trash. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery back together. Dan uses this idea, along with his love of materials, to embrace the flaws and imperfections. He believes that with this metaphor you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art.
Each piece in this show communicates something to the observer. Unseen ghostly faces are exposed in old weathered wood in “Details.” Circles intersect and just barely touch in “Sum of Us.” An old painted snow fence is transformed in “Filigree.”
There are important life lessons to be learned from Great Repair. Sometimes in the process of repairing things that have broken, the artist creates something more powerful and exquisite. It is the same for us as people. We need to reframe our hardships and embrace our imperfections, for these are the things that make us unique, more beautiful and resilient.
Great Repair 2019 will be on display from October 2 to 31.