Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art

January 27 – March 14, 2018
Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery

Linda Mix Yates, Becoming Again, 2010; hubcap, dishes, mirror, beads, glass tile, Millefiori, and polymer clay; Collection Landfill Art.

Originating from the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, and adapted for travel by ExhibitsUSA, Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art features thirty-five works created from discarded hubcaps.  It will open on Saturday, January 27 and run through Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum’s Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery.

The exhibition encourages viewers to think of artists not only as creators, but as creative problem solvers. Objects range in size from one hubcap to a series of objects; some are kinetic and incorporate sound; while others directly reference specific environmental issues. In some cases, the artist responded to the hubcap formally, by focusing on design elements like color, line, shape, and texture in humorous or fanciful ways.

Visitors will experience such works as David Medley’s Hidden Treasures, which is accompanied by a small video monitor showing its sound and motion; or Red Baron by Danish artist Rick Dethlefsen, which re-imagines the Mercedes-Benz symbol as the propeller of a biplane flying directly at the viewer. Other works will showcase great artfulness, including Ireland-born Noel Molloy’s King, Queen and Fool, a three-part, highly polished sculptural work that resembles finely crafted jewelry; or South Africa-based Viv King’s Ndebele Inspiration, a carefully beaded and geometrically patterned design. Questions about the environmental impact of automobiles are raised by Witness, a work by Marla McLean of Maryland, which uses a reflective surface to remind viewers of our involvement with the ecosystem.

Second Time Around inspires viewers to reflect on the role of consumption in American culture and stimulates creative thinking about ways to re-use and recycle.

Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art is curated by Dana Hand Evans, executive director at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA; in partnership with a curatorial team from Marywood University, Scranton, PA, and a professor of environmental studies at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA.  This exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. ExhibitsUSA sends more than twenty-five exhibitions on tour to over 100 small- and mid-sized communities every year. For more about ExhibitsUSA, email MoreArt@maaa.org or visit www.eusa.org.  The exhibition is sponsored locally by Mason City Clinics and the Murphy Charitable Foundation.