Jim Durham
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Jamie McIntosh
Artist Jamie McIntosh
Photo by Nicci Gilland

You won’t believe what artist Jamie McIntosh will be wearing for both her special “talk” and the closing reception for her “Trash Fashions” exhibit that’s currently up in Georgetown College’s Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery.

“I’ll wear something casual trashy at my Artist’s Talk (April 5) and unveil something totally new at the Fashion Show (April 8),” said McIntosh, promising to bring some models who’ll wear some of her other fashions that feature items and material most of us would pitch. You’ll just have to show up for this free event and see for yourself, she teased.

Following the hour-long April 5 talk session around 1:15 p.m., McIntosh will give a workshop on how she makes her clothing. “I really want students and others to see the functionality of art,” said 29-year-old Georgetown-based McIntosh, who also makes her own jewelry.

For the Trash Fashion Show at the closing reception, 5-7 p.m., April 8, McIntosh encourages everyone to “go all out.” Ten students have been assigned to make their own trash-fashion, but any patron is welcome to show their creativity and vie for a People’s Choice Prize.

Come, have fun – but, please take her work seriously, too. Here’s what I think J. Daniel Graham, Assistant Professor of Art with GC’s Sculpture Department has to say to say about fashion as art and Jamie’s show:

“Fashion and art can exist in the same space. Fashion, much like art, has a self manifested sense of hierarchy. The work for New York Fashion week is different than the utilitarian appeal of standard clothing. The aesthetics of fashion and art find common ground in its use of pattern, color, form, space, craft, motion, and experimentation.

“Jamie’s work is a juxtaposition of utilitarianism and these common ground aesthetic principles. Resourcefulness and creativity usually are found as close neighbors and in this case it is no different. I am excited to see her work in a gallery space as well as functioning as fashion.”

Press Release

Trash Fashions by Jamie K. McIntosh

Location: Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery at Georgetown College
Dates: Thursday, February 25 – Friday, April 9, 2010
Hours: Monday through Friday, 12:00-4:30 and by appointment
Related Events: Artist Talk: Monday, April 5, 12:15 pm
Fashion Show (bring your own Trash Fashion): Thursday, April 8 from 5:00 pm

Trash Fashions is an exhibition created by Jamie K. McIntosh, an artist based in Georgetown, Kentucky. McIntosh takes industrial and household waste such as plastic, pet food bags and water bottles and transforms them into wearable art and sculpture. In discussing her medium and concept she notes, “Most people don’t consider secondary uses for the things they throw away every day, like plastic containers, broken tools, or even old clothes. But we can do something with our refuse besides bury it in dumps and forget about how it toxifies our environment.”

A 2002 graduate of Transylvania College, McIntosh keeps an active exhibition schedule. She recently was awarded a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women in 2005. Trash Fashions is part of the Georgetown College art department’s annual tradition of celebrating women’s history month in the art galleries during the month of March. In conjunction with the exhibition, the department will host an artist talk on Monday, April 5 from 12:15-1:15 in the Wilson Gallery. Attendees are asked to RSVP for the talk so that they can be provided with a short reading in advance of the lecture and discussion. Please email your request to attend to: galleries@georgetowncollege.edu by Monday, March 29.

Join us for a closing reception on the evening of April 8 from 5-7 pm where McIntosh will offer a brief introduction to the exhibition before hosting a fashion show. This event will showcase wearable works from the exhibition, including clothing, jewelry, and other accessories — all made from “trash” or already-used items. The public is invited to participate in this event by bringing or wearing objects of their own creation. McIntosh remarks, “the clothes that we wear are a type of sculpture or even architecture. But they have become necessarily dumbed down in order for us to perform our daily activities. I am interested in questioning social expectations about clothing.”

For more information, please email the Art Galleries at Georgetown College: galleries@georgetowncollege.edu or visit the website.