NURTUREart proudly exhibited The Life Instinct, a solo exhibition by Anne Percoco. Celebrating makeshift solutions, survival instincts, and the reuse of discarded material, Percoco’s work infuses practical works inspired by immediate necessity with playfulness and wit. Inspired equally by children’s couch forts and makeshift emergency shelters, the artist used scavenged and natural materials to construct a small, inhabitable hut in the gallery space, presenting it together with a photographic slideshow documenting her initial experiments with similar miniature shelters.
As part of her solo exhibition at NURTUREart, Percoco presented a publication conceived as a catalog of repaired objects. The publication was part of an in-progress body of work that investigates how value is lost and reclaimed and how repurposed objects can shift, sometimes humorously, from one role to another.
Through the duration of the exhibition, guest artists (including Eric Clausen, Marek and Kristyna Milde, Sewing Rebellion NYC, and Fixers Collective) led a series of public, interactive skill-sharing workshops promoting resourcefulness and self-sufficiency.
Sat. May 5, 2-4PM – Eric Clausen of Drawing America By Bike gave bike repair consultations and spoke about his experiences cycling around the country. He shared his comics and zines, illustrating his life on the road and the amazing feats of resourcefulness he performed on the way.
Sat. May 12th, 3-5PM – Kristyna and Marek Milde, a collaborative artist duo whose work redeems the waste products of urban and domestic life, led the first workshop in which participants created a social sculpture out of broken furniture.
Sat. May 19th, 2-4PM – The Fixers Collective is dedicated to working together to fix things, encouraging improvisational fixing and mending and fighting planned obsolescence. They hosted an open session in which anyone was able to bring in a broken object and get help fixing it.
Sun. May 27th, 2-4PM – Sewing Rebellion NYC led a mending circle dedicated to making and using patches as sources and visual symbols of what makes us proud of ourselves, our loved ones, or our community. Its mission was to teach folks to sew for free.
Above: Anne Percoco, The Life Instinct, 2012, slide show.