Award winning artist Virginia Fleck is known for ebullient plastic bag mandalas and glittering installations of aluminum can-tabs. She uses post-consumer materials as a media of joyful defiance, unearthing the hidden beauty of disposable items that continually pass through our hands.
Fleck's work has been exhibited at Art on Paper 2015 in NYC, Art Forum Berlin, Pulse Miami and New York, and Arte Fiera in Bologna, Italy. Her work appears in many prestigious collections including Facebook HQ in Austin TX, the permanent collection the United States Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda and the Marino Golinelli collection in Bologna, Italy. Ms. Fleck's work has been written about and reviewed on the web and in numerous paper publications including American Craft Magazine, Public Art Review, Sculpture Magazine, Metropolitan Home, Western Interiors and Design, Glasstire, Apartment Therapy.
The glacial pace of making artwork from can-tabs lends itself to a meditative state. Chaining can-tabs together is mindful rather than mindless. The act of making this "slow art" is a deliberate contrast to all that is instantaneous in our contemporary lives. Each tab is beautiful- designed to the golden ratio. Can-tabs are a new frontier in branding, now available many colors according to brand. Each brand has some sort of feature, a color or a laser cut-out, to distinguish it from the others. These artworks made from tens of thousands of shiny aluminum tabs expose the
compulsions of both the artist who collects them and the consumers who
purchase them, while revealing the beauty of disposable items that continually pass through our hands.
The can-tabs come from beverages that offer us promises. If we believe the advertising, an alcoholic beverage brings the promise of good times, romance, relief from stress or boredom. Energy drinks promise to revive us when we are running on empty, give us an edge over competition at work or at play-make us better, make us "more". Adult humans only require water to satisfy thirst, but we continually purchase and consume these beverages because we believe in the magic of how these beverages might transform us.