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"Former Aldrich Security Guard Makes Good - Headlines in Homecoming"
2006-03-27 until 2006-08-06
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
Ridgefield, CT, USA

While attending Ridgefield High School, Damian Loeb earned money by protecting the art at The Aldrich Contemporary. Now, his signature paintings will be guarded in a new exhibition, Homecoming, opening on Sunday, March 26, at The Aldrich. Homecoming features the work of three young artists, Sarah Bostwick, Damian Loeb, and Doug Wada, who grew up in Ridgefield, and have gone on to have successful careers as artists. Also opening are installations by Mary Temple and Tom Burckhardt.

Homecoming—Sarah Bostwick, Damian Loeb, and Doug Wada

The Aldrich is particularly pleased to present Homecoming because it brings together The Aldrich’s dual mission of presenting outstanding new art and being a leading arts educator in the community. The exhibition will function as three solo exhibitions, with Bostwick’s three-dimensional drawings, Loeb’s hyperrealist paintings, and Doug Wada’s dramatic D.C. Cadillacs hung in separate galleries. Art Lab, Student Docent, and museum attendant alumni are encouraged to visit the opening for a true Aldrich homecoming.

Tom Burckhardt—FULL STOP

FULL STOP is a full-scale replica of an artist’s studio made entirely of cardboard and black paint. The installation is filled with art-historical references, including Edward Hopper’s pot-bellied stove and Willem de Kooning’s record player. The highly detailed studio, all carefully constructed of cardboard and painted in a cartoon-like manner, belies the contradiction at the center of the installation: a blank canvas sitting on the easel.

Mary Temple—Extended Afternoon

Architecture and light play key roles in much of Temple's work, as does the role of memory, evident in this project, in which she asks viewers to draw upon their understanding and experiences of light intersecting space. Temple has installed Extended Afternoon in three stages over the course of the past six months.

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, located at 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT, is renowned as a national leader for its presentation of outstanding new art, cultivation of emerging artists, and innovation in museum education. Regular Museum hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm. For more information, please call 203.438.4519 or visit www.aldrichart.org.

Doug Wada
Escalade #1 (2005)

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