In Plain Sight: Works by Doug Calisch
Doug Calisch's creative process involves collecting, modifying, documenting, and assembling found materials. By composing with these rescued materials, he allows layers of association and metaphor to emerge, motifs to develop, and narratives to be created. That each collected article shows signs of natural wear or past human activity intrigues Calisch. He suggests the assemblages have an expansive history beyond his involvement with the materials. The work becomes collaborative, combining his actions with previous acts. Within this context, Calisch strives for a balance between preserving an object’s history and creating new ways of looking at and thinking about these objects. Beyond the formal considerations of composition, color, texture, and craft-- found-object assemblage allows each of us to consider our own relationships to the objects.