BABS REINGOLD Current Exhibitions
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Baggage Light

ArtSpace Hartford Connecticut
Group Show, "Between Light & Dark"
September 200
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Baggage Light is a metaphor for the hidden. Secret objects are kept in bags, we hide things in bags, never to be exposed. Literally, in the everyday, we use bags to carry things, to keep our stuff. It’s about the need for baggage.

Baggage Light captures an ongoing theme of the attempt to expose semi transparent material through the use of light. But, paradoxically this semi-transparent material which is exposed Intermittently continues to remain hidden. It is impossible to expose the true essence of an object.

Bare light bulbs hang among the bags and turn off and on Intermittently, on different time sequences, allowing a glimpse of what is inside the bags. The bags are a covering, an outer skin, which endures time, gets scared through life and yet remains intact, shows disease but recovers. Skin is the great shield protecting our core. Yet, skin is ordinary, everyday. It is marred but still has beauty. Skin conceals.

 

Bare light bulbs hang among the bags and turn off and on Intermittently, on different time sequences, allowing a glimpse of what is inside the bags. The bags are a covering, an outer skin, which endures time, gets scared through life and yet remains intact, shows disease but recovers. Skin is the great shield protecting our core. Yet, skin is ordinary, everyday. It is marred but still has beauty. Skin conceals. Contains layers. And through the course of life it infinitely sheds itself to renew its top stratum. A paradox, skin cannot go through life unscarred no matter its renovation. And, after all its renovation, skin finally does decay.

Hair does not decay. Hair is life, and one of the few things which remains in death, it contains DNA. Hair is public and pubic, on display and disguised. It is attractive; and repulsive. It provokes a visceral response both visually and emotionally. Hair may be seen as a reminder, a memory of our loss, a relic. We need our “Baggage” – it’s a place to keep our memories.