Mann's Phoenix Recycling Project at CSM through Jan. 10

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Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery Hosts Gallery Talk, Dec. 5

The work of artist Paho Mann will be on view in the College of Southern Maryland’s Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery through Jan. 10 with CSM Professor George Bedell presenting details of this work at a gallery talk and reception at noon, Dec. 3.

Mann’s work investigates the physical manifestation of individuality, using both traditional photographic practices and contemporary digital. At CSM, Mann will present works from the Phoenix Recycling Project, which was commissioned in 2007 by the City of Phoenix through the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Arts Program.

Mann worked on the Phoenix Recycling Project as environmental awareness hit a new high in social and political dialogs, according to his website. For Mann, this awareness took two major forms: first, that the current rate of consumption of resources is unsuitable, posing a global environmental threat; and second, that this same consumption pattern has weakened the world economy. Central to his understanding of this project is how looking at what is owned and consumed reveals something about one’s identity and culture and this examination underlines the importance of making thoughtful choices in what is done with these objects.

To create the images in this exhibit, Mann took nearly 6,000 photographs of individual recyclables at a solid waste transfer and material recovery station in Phoenix. By sampling a relatively small amount of waste (5,824 objects from an excess of 100,000 tons of recycling processed in Phoenix each year) and further narrowing the selection with keywords, consumer choices become more specific. The resulting images attempt to show particular objects, not the abstract understanding of the hundreds of millions of tons of waste created in the United States each year.

Mann then entered these photos into a database, organized by keyword and categories including material, color and use. The database was then used to create an interactive website (www.phoenixrecyclingproject.org) as well as prints. The prints are displayed as grids with accompanying image overlays created by stacking and averaging the color and tone of all the individual photographs from each group. The website allows users to sort through all of the photographs made at the transfer station using Mann’s database.

Mann lives in Dallas, Texas, and is an assistant professor of photography at the University of North Texas. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Arizona State University Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Walker Art Center and the Carnegie Museum of Art among others. His work is included in the Tucson Museum of Art’s permanent collection and has been commissioned for public art projects by the city of Phoenix.

CSM’s gallery will feature Mann’s work through Jan. 10 with hours 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. The college will be closed for winter break beginning 3 p.m., Dec. 20 and will reopen Jan. 2. For information on the gallery, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/HungerfordGallery.html. To learn more about the artist, visit www.pahomann.com.

 

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CSM Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery: Paho Mann. Through Jan. 10, College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center, Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Artist Paho Mann exhibits “Collections” will be featured. While Mann was working on the Phoenix Recycling Project, environmental awareness hit a new high in social and political dialogs. For Mann this awareness took two major forms: first, that the current rate of consumption of resources is unsuitable, posing a global environmental threat, and second, that this same consumption pattern has weakened the world economy. A gallery talk on Mann’s work will be offered by CSM Professor George Bedell at noon Dec. 3 and is open to the public. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. The college will be closed for winter break beginning 3 p.m., Dec. 20 and will reopen Jan. 2. http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/HungerfordGallery.html.

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