''full circle''

Artists working with repurposed materials take things some would consider to be at the end of their usefulness and create something new. That's the premise behind the ''full circle'' exhibit at the Art Car Museum, which features new works created from recycled and reappropriated items, from newspapers to garbage, by five artists. Among them is Kenn Coplan, who spends his days working in Hollywood as an art director and production manager. His artwork involves mind-reeling creations that challenge the ideas of decay and beauty. Among his most well-known work is his Rust Angels series, an ambitious project to create 1,000 seraphic icons using discarded metal Coplan has found in the desert. (The series emulates the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who tried to make 1,000 paper cranes in an effort to win good health after she was irradiated in the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima during World War II.) One piece Coplan will be exhibiting at ''full circle'' is a startling work built from the remains of a printing press. The piece shows a young boy, arms raised as in the famous Holocaust image of a Warsaw ghetto being emptied, trapped behind a concentration camp-style fence. David Best, Tania Botelho, Susan Spjut and Brian Cavanaugh are also exhibiting.
Sat., Jan. 19, 7-10 p.m.; Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Jan. 19. Continues through June 2, 2013


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