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Evidence of Time Spent

  • Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts 540 S. Lake Street Gary, IN United States (map)

Opening reception with the artist: Friday, May 3rd from 6-9pm

Evidence of Time Spent by Carmella Saraceno evolved from Hiding in Public/Conversation Pieces Series (2018). By design Carmella Saraceno flows from one project to another and back again. She deliberately selects discarded objects, found or bequeathed, then assembles them into free-standing sculptures and installations constructed from plywood. Saraceno collects clues from everyday life and honors the chaos by creating moments of order: “I look for that quality without a name… then respond, paint, construct and assemble, until a new but familiar emerges… Consider this, says Saraceno: an object has stored energy much like a seed. An object is perpetual transmutation of energy. An object has energy beyond its original function and/or its original purpose. Until planted in an optimum environment, an object just like a seed remains dormant; its energy can emerge again to connect and transform.” The selection and repurpose of objects becomes an exploration of the connection between the past, present, and future. Each object informs moments and situations when we are all most alive and aligned.

 Saraceno’s two centerpieces at the exhibition are the Wishing Wells, which emerge from her notes and drawings, buried inside her sketchbook for years. In her creative process of walking away and returning, she learns how to “drill deeper”, and still remain engaged in life and its challenges. The Wishing Wells are a sculptural representation of our universal hopes and dreams. They exist to serve as a reminder of the possibility, that deposited dreams and ideas are still safe and reachable. Alongside these sculptures, Saraceno is showing a series of watercolors that inform her sculptural work. The exhibition may appear as her individual story but the intent is to connect and stimulate the viewer’s personal journey. To discover the investments of moments in their own past and present, impacting and shaping their future.

Carmella Saraceno - Artist, Sculptor, Writer, Visual Storyteller, Creative Entrepreneur - earned a BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in 1979, a period during which she also studied art in Rome. She lived and worked in NYC during the 1980s, and relocated to Chicago after participating in Sculpture Chicago’86. In 1990, she founded Methods & Materials, which she now co-owns with her husband Roger Machin. In 1992 Saraceno co-founded A+CCT (Artists and Children Create Together) an NFP community arts organization. From 1994 until 2000, Saraceno was an instructor, advisor, and the Director of International Affairs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Saraceno‘s creative entrepreneurship in Miller Beach includes Miller Beach Market Place, Carmella’s Café on the Lake, Carmella’s Stage on Shelby.

Gallery Hours: Thursday and Friday afternoons 12-6pm, Friday and Saturday evenings 6-9pm, Sunday afternoons 1-4pm



Miller Beach Arts & Creative District
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Earlier Event: May 3
Fiber Art Show
Later Event: May 9
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