Inspired by Still Life: "Serial Combine" by Leigh Ann Hallberg

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Inspired by Still Life: "Serial Combine" by Leigh Ann Hallberg

There are exciting transformations taking place at Reynolda House this week in preparation for An Evening for Reynolda, the Museum’s annual black-tie fundraising gala to be held Friday evening. Visitors to the Museum Tuesday through Sunday (October 1-6) can experience two art installations created especially for this event and inspired by Things Wondrous & Humble: American Still Life.
 
Leigh Ann Hallberg’s sculpture, Serial Combine, is installed outside the exhibition gallery. Hallberg is a lecturer in art at Wake Forest University. Read more about her art on her website.  
 

Artist Leigh Ann Hallberg (right) installs her sculpture Serial Combine throughout the day on Monday, September 30.
 
Artist Statement
Serial Combine is comprised of an aggregation of ubiquitous translucent plastic cereal bags, collected from family, friends and other contributors. The organic form of the work, cyclonic or vine-like, suggests a dark irony of disconnection between the production, distribution, and consumption of our food. It also hints at surfeit and sameness — so many brands of flakes, O's, and granolas, of bran, corn, and oats, harvested in over-fertilized Midwestern square miles, all put in similar boxes and often exactly the same bags.
 
“The U.S. has been called the ‘breadbasket of the world, but monoculture pervades almost the entire economy of scale. Serial Combine may take on an organic form, but much of what was contained in the bags was as much aproduct of chemistry and marketing as of dirt, seed, rain and sun. The bags’ translucency promises a clarity, a purity, that is almost never delivered, mirroring the opacity of long-chain, high-volume food processing and manufacture. The bags can also be seen as evoking plagues of jellyfish, currently colonizing our waters in greater numbers, growing fat on the effects of nitrogenous agricultural runoff, or as newly introduced elements of the great Pacific Trash Gyre, a perpetual typhoon of refuse the size of several agricultural states, spinning slowly like a deranged Milky Way; an unnatural hybrid of the manmade and natural created by a precipitously unbalanced world.”
 
 – Leigh Ann Hallberg
 

Artist Leigh Ann Hallberg installs her sculpture Serial Combine throughout the day on Monday, September 30.
 

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