Exploring connection between public spaces and garbage through art

Tres Art Collective exhibition opens in Harvey Art Gallery Friday

The Juanita Harvey Art Gallery will host an opening reception for the TRES Collective from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31. TRES, from Mexico City, explores the relationship between public spaces and garbage through artistic practices. The exhibition will be on display through March 6.

Founded in 2009 with Ilana Boltvinik and Rodrigo Viñas, TRES focuses on the intimate relationship established with the material culture that surrounds society. Its goal is to inspire people to shift their gaze, to look at things society has rendered invisible with garbage becoming a metaphor of all that is cast aside and forgotten. TRES researches the capacity of garbage to store material and economic and symbolic information that can be used to elaborate individual or collective portraits of society.

In 2016, TRES was granted the Robert Gardner Fellowship for Photography of the Peabody Museum at Harvard University, for which they are investigating marine debris and camouflage. In 2014-15 they were awarded the WMA Commission to develop the first Ubiquitous Trash project in Hong Kong. This edition explores the global mobility of marine debris through ocean and wind currents. In 2015, the festival Abandon Normal Devices (AND) invited TRES for a Canal Residency to produce Rough Fish in Manchester, U.K.

Their works have been shown in over 20 screenings and art exhibitions in America, Europe, and Asia. TRES represented Mexico at the 13th Biennale of La Havana in 2019.

TRES will conduct student workshops Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Jan. 29-31. For more information, email Gary Goldberg.

Tres Art Collective stardust
The TRES Collective stardust will be on display at the Juanita Harvey Art Gallery through March 6.

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