Reclaimed Landscapes: The Art of Jarod Charzewski 

April 7 – May 17, 2018
Curators: Danielle Clark & Jennifer Minasian

There is a direct and immediate connection that is felt when we speak of wearing clothing and an excitation of senses when we think of the physical, emotional, and cultural connections we have to the multitude of variations that cloth can take shape. Yet the darker side of fashion is revealed with images of overfilled landfills and the deplorable working conditions in sweatshops. Reclaimed Landscapes will explore the edge between sustainable fashion and fashion that is disposed of through the works of South Carolina based installation artist Jarod Charzewski. Jarod Charzewski’s work centers around America’s consumerism in fashion and how mass-produced clothing is mass-consumed and then disposed of in alarming numbers. His installations expose North America’s consumer culture by utilizing donated clothing from Goodwill that is then folded and placed into landscapes that tower over observers and mimic geological escarpments. As in nature, escarpments reveal history within the sedimentary layers of rock and his monumental installations reveal a more sobering history as these disposable objects are utilized as medium and illustrate our synthetic, compulsive, and consuming relationship with the fashion industry. 

Clothing can be viewed, “as a record of the struggles, changes, and adjustments experienced by various people”4 and the act of clothing ourselves is both a deeply personal ritual and a globally shared practice. The nature of dressing differentiates perceptions of identity and fosters lineation of connectivity between people, experiences, and history. Yet our current relationship to textiles manifests itself in a variety of debilitating ways for the environment and results in a consumer society that exploits the Earth and human resources. By curating an exhibition that goes beyond looking at cloth as “fashion” and moving the discussion into the impact that clothing, the fashion industry, and our deeply rooted connections to textiles has on us as individuals and within society, Reclaimed Landscapes will venture into exploring a new way of identifying and relating to this centuries old representation of self. 

The Begovich Gallery will produce a publication to accompany this exhibition.