Opening Reception: Thursday April 3, 7:30PM
Using a mixture of found materials and artifacts that trigger the process of rearranging, Flemington’s installation constructs an imagined space through specimen gardens of obsolete objects. The exhibition will consist of a site-specific installation that draws from Flemington's personal collections, as well as those found at the AGSM and other local institutions. The constant organic rearrangement of these found objects will continue throughout the exhibition, continually creating new habitats and contexts. These specimen gardens suggest a vanishing world in which all the pieces - utilitarian and imaginary, familiar and strange – once had a purpose. Their rearrangement within the installation speaks to traditions of preservation and display, from cabinets of curiosity to natural history museums, where material traces are kept preserved and on display, and where passage of time is traced through the shifts between familiarity and strangeness, balancing between recognition and nostalgia.