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Something — Matthew Tremblay
May 13, 2016 - July 2, 2016Free
I have always been interested in things and objects; how they relate to me and how I to them. In particular, I am drawn to things that are broken or worn out and I am often hesitant to throw them or specific parts of them away, especially things that perhaps I can use in some other way – the hinges from my old futon, the wheels from my son’s old stroller… sadly most of the time, these things sit in my shop idle and waiting. This curiosity of mine also explains my interest in archaeology and the primarily material culture it explores. Archaeology’s systematic approach to objects and things influences the work I do and often come through in how I categorize and/or grid objects according to function, size, etc. Lately, as a frequent visitor to the city landfill, I have been drawn to things in the massive and ever changing metal scrap pile and while I look at the things in the pile – broken bikes, ovens, pipes, unidentifiable things, etc. I began to ask myself questions like: is a broken wheel still a wheel if it can no longer function as one?