Sunday, June 1, 2008

Reclaimed Memories: Solo exhibition opening June 20th at the Rogue Buddha Gallery

Yuri Arajs: Reclaimed Memories
Rogue Buddha Gallery
June 20 - July 27, 2008

Opening reception:
Friday, June 20, 7-11pm.
Free and open to the public!

The Rogue Buddha Gallery is excited to present the solo work of Yuri Arajs. This exhibit marks his last solo show in Minneapolis before taking leave for Canada, his native country.
This exhibit features a new series of found photograph/found mixed media works.
"I’ve been collecting old photographs for many years. I have found them at estate sales, garage sales and in the trash. It amazes me that people dispose of things like this. We record our and others histories only to have them discarded. Why?
Each one of the pieces in the Reclaimed Memory Series is unique in that it was created without anything else in mind but the photograph. The photo had a story to tell me, I listened to it and what came back was my own version of a memory that is not mine. But I have now reclaimed these memories as my own and this is what they look like.
The use of found materials, beyond the photographs, also plays an important role in these works. Found materials have a history and an aesthetic that I don’t feel I can reproduce or create. The paper, the marks I make, the objects introduced, and finally the found frame, all add additional information to the narrative of each piece."

Accompanying this exhibit will be the release of a limited edition boxed set, which will include all 21 pieces in the show. The “Reclaimed Memories” box set will include 21 folded pages with 2 full color views of each piece, a Forward written by Robyne Robinson, wrapped in a nice red ribbon, all housed in a custom pine box (6.75” x 9.75” x 2.25”), signed and numbered edition of 50.

Here is where the Rogue Buddha is:
Rogue Buddha Gallery
357 13th Ave NE Mpls, MN 55413

Hope to see you at the opening!