Talk­ing trash

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

Ar­chae­ol­ogy nearly al­ways in­volves the study of trash, what peo­ple have left be­hind and dis­carded. Not con­tent to wait an­other cen­tury to have his trash de­clared his­toric, Je­mez/San Felipe Pue­blo artist Jaque Fragua makes art in his new show, Rub­bish, by ex­ca­vat­ing the lit­ter left on lo­cal reser­va­tions, from au­to­mo­bile parts to oil drums to used tires. “It’s giv­ing life back to aban­doned things,” Fragua stated on his web­site. He is also for­tu­nate that in the desert, the sun and arid­ity do a lovely job of pre­serv­ing a lot of scrap metal in po­etic states of rusted de­cay. The artist says the show is de­signed to pro­voke ques­tions about en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion on Na­tive lands. That am­bi­tion might be be­yond the scope of this show. Still, it can be pleas­ing to play arm­chair ar­chae­ol­o­gist and won­der where all this de­tri­tus came from. Rub­bish is dis­played at the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts, 1050 Old Pe­cos Trail, from noon to 8 p.m. dur­ing the Na­tive Cin­ema Show­case. The show runs through Sept. 11; call 982-1338 for in­for­ma­tion.

Work by Jaque Fragua

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