Michael Mahalchick needs your help. Mahalchick, a visiting faculty member at Yale University School of Art, is a found-object assemblage artist. For his next exhibition, he’s crowd-sourcing the finding of his objects. Any member of the community can participate.
Mahalchick has a NEW/NOW show from Saturday, March 9, to Sunday, June 9, in the Cheney Gallery at New Britain Museum of American Art. He wants to put a lot of objects together to create an artwork, like the one seen in this picture, which was taken at one of his recent installations.
Anybody out in the community who has an object they think might be a fun addition to Mahalchick’s work can bring it to the museum, at 56 Lexington St. in New Britain, until Sunday, Jan. 20. The museum is especially looking for trinkets, hand-made treasures, decorative items and manufactured goods. Forbidden items are dangerous chemicals, deadly weapons, pressurized containers, plants or animals (alive or dead) or materials that are hazardous, explosive, flammable, perishable or decaying. Museum staff will decide which objects to accept and reject.
“If an object could conceivably be found at a garage sale and is of reasonable size, it likely fits the bill,” a museum press release states. “Please be creative and think outside the box, and you may just find your former belonging reimagined, reused, reworked and on view.”
The museum calls it “a scavenging aesthetic.”