78 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ located above The Painted Frame

Manda Gorsegner – “Oyster Aesthetics” Nov 5- Dec 3

Manda Gorsegner – “Oyster Aesthetics” Nov 5- Dec 3

Manda Gorsegner’s practice is an intersection of art and environmental activism.  Working with beach debris, left over hardware store paint, inks made from discarded coffee grinds and the detritus of everyday life, Gorsegner searches for meaning in the materials of a throw away society and the cycles of decay and renewal.  In this new exhibition, Gorsegner made her own “oyster concrete” from shells collected from local restaurants and then created forms from objects she found scouring the beach.  She says “Oysters are lovely…they play a valuable role in the ecosystem, are an important resource for bayside communities, and they are incredibly beautiful.  The oyster should not be overlooked.”  These compelling objects are made with a laborious craft using recycled and recombined materials much like an oyster that turns a simple, ubiquitous grain of sand into a pearl.

Opening Reception November 5th, 5-7pm

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