October 3 – November
Opening Reception – October 3, 7-10pm
On Saturday evening, October 3rd, 2015, art629 Gallery, located at 629 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ, will host an opening party featuring the work of mixed-media artist, Roddy Wildeman. Mr. Wildeman will be in attendance, and this is open to the public.
The exhibit, titled “Got Wood?” will be a showcase of the artist’s most recent work, which he refers to as, “Composite Memory Fine Art”. The time of the opening is 7PM to 10PM. The exhibit will be on display from Saturday, October 3rd, and will run through November. Gallery hours vary, and it is suggested to call ahead for hours of operation.
This will be the first gallery showing at art629 by Wildeman, who lives and works in the area. The gallery is showing Mr. Wildeman’s work in conjunction with the Asbury Underground fall event, which takes place on October 17th. Asbury Underground is a city-wide showcase for art and music which takes place three times per year in Asbury Park. For more information about Asbury Underground go to: www.asburyunderground.com.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Roddy Wildeman is a mixed-media artist known for his Composite Memory Fine Art™, transforming debris and recycled materials into fine art. Wildeman was born in Long Branch, New Jersey and has been an Ocean Grove resident for the past decade. His work hangs on the walls of the Rockefeller family private offices, and is sought after by private collectors and commercial venues internationally.
Roddy belongs to a growing artistic movement that intercepts the waste stream through art. He is an environmentalist and believes that it is our social responsibility to recycle and repurpose materials to keep them out of landfills. Wildeman is the owner of Torche’ Galerie Belmar NJ and Torche Galerie at Senses NYC. His work has been featured in several Museum Exhibitions, published in multiple magazines, featured at TEDx events and has been covered in Local and National News Shows.
Also a philanthropist, Wildeman donates his art to multiple auctions and charities a year supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention , The Sarcoma Foundation of America and the Kawangware Children’s Center , Kenya and many others.
WILDEMAN ON HIS WORK:
“In my current series of work, my designs are made from wood that was once used as floors to walk on, walls and roofs that have provided shelter, tables and chairs where families have gathered, had their meals and spoke about their days. These materials tell the stories of people and times.” “The Materials I use have an aged texture, a patina that only time can create.”
“I appreciate the weathered torn surface and try to maintain its original form and appearance. I choose to work with these materials because I feel it’s our social responsibility to repurpose and recycle, saving them from taking up space in our landfills in an effort to preserve our environment. There is something about knowing these items have been cherished that inspires me. I feel an intimate connection working with these materials knowing they have passed through the hands of others. They have sentimental value because they have been part of homes and the families that lived, loved and died there.”
I often wonder, if these materials could only talk, oh the history we would discover!”