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March 7, 2013

New Albany public art project artists named

Carnegie Center selects five artists for 2013 installment

NEW ALBANY — The Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany has announced the artists selected to represent the New Albany Public Art Project: Bicentennial Series in 2013. 

Artist R. Michael Wimmer, of New Albany, will create an art installation on the historic theme of culinary arts in the Farmers Market building at the corner of Market and Bank streets in downtown New Albany. Tiffany Carbonneau, also of New Albany, will install her artwork on the theme of museums and history on the wall of Wick’s Pizza, located along State Street near its intersection with Main Street. The art installation by Lee and Betty Benson, of Jackson, Tenn., will interpret the theme of performing arts and entertainment on the lawn at Riverview Towers, located near the corner of Elm Street and Scribner Drive. Boris Zakic, an artist living and working in Georgetown, Ky., will install his artwork on the theme of visual art and artists on the wall of a building located at 109 East Market St. 

To celebrate the history of culinary arts in New Albany, Wimmer will create a whimsical installation of oversized sculptures of food that he will carve out of Styrofoam and paint. All of these ingredients will be collected in giant shopping bags and hung from the rafters of the Farmers Market building.  

“Two-foot carrots and 10-inch apples gathered in six-foot shopping bags made of net. Looking at ‘Sacks of Food’ shoppers can’t help but smile at the surreal produce, fish and bread hanging above their heads at the Farmer’s Market… just as popular today as it was in the 1800s, the idea of ‘buying local’ has brought farmers, restaurateurs and consumers back to the marketplace,”  Wimmer said in a release.

Technology is a constant factor in our lives today and has directly impacted the ways in which we document and share our personal histories. About her interpretation of the theme museums and history, Carbonneau writes, “YouTube has become a cultural phenomenon and an online museum of human culture, from personal to local and global contexts.  Rather than the viewer acting as a passive audience, as they view historical images and objects on display in traditional history museums, they have now become active participants in not only the creation of history, but also the documentation and cataloguing of that history.” 

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