Yes, I’ll admit it – I have a thing for rust, a serious love affair.
Not simply decaying metal, rust is metal that’s seen things, been places. It’s metal with a story to tell.
Artist Larry Kagan tells quite a number of glorious stories with his small, but potent exhibition, “Flags: Variations on a Theme,” a collection of exquisitely rusted metal wrestled into equally fine, unfurled forms.
It’s vintage work – created between 1980-83 – but several of the pieces presage the highly imaginative, eye-popping, smile-inducing, mind-bending play between metal, light and shadow that has established Kagan as a major Nippertown artist.
The work is on exhibit at the Arts Center of Capital Region in Troy, in the casual, extended-lobby President’s Gallery. There will be a reception from 5-9pm on Friday, May 29 in conjunction with the monthly Troy Night Out arts walk.
“Flags: Variations on a Theme” will remain on exhibit through Sunday, June 7, but it seems like a damned shame that the work couldn’t be held over for one more week, considering that Sunday, June 14 is Flag Day.