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Special “Eye” to Watch
June Mattingly // contributing art writer

Claudia Borgna: Project Installation
at Plush Gallery on Dragon Street

As her announcement states Claudia a “CentralTrak artist exhibits at Plush Gallery;”  
actually, Jim and I found her at Centraltrak in her studio. It would take a lot of
determination for someone NOT to give this exuberant British native a show. She  
is now “cracking into” her next two pieces for her upcoming at UTD curated
by Greg Metz.  
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“By putting the bag in artistic context I would like to elevate it to another dimension
that takes it away from the idea of the banal and obvious and for an instant,
transforms it into a poetic object.” Both installations use discarded bags to address
our refusal to reduce, reuse and/or recycle plastic (and paper) grocery bags
coupled with an urgent need for us all to be responsible to treat the environment
with utmost respect. “Hope within annihilation: handpicked and not for sale” is the
title for the piece with the pine tree  while the other one sounds equally cryptic but
compelling, “Co-evolutionary extinction: sketch for a fairy tale.”  
Randall Garrett’s original “experimental” gallery closed in “seeming finality” in 2007 only
to reopen full of curatorial projects in mind for 2011 situated now in a new space in the
Design District on Dragon Street in Corky Cunningham Architects’ studio. This is the fourth
applauded exhibition of Plush’s “provocative blend of street level energy and cutting
edge artwork.”  

Claudia’s curriculum vitae are very cosmopolitan not limited to her upper level
education and exhibitions across the pond in the UK and Europe. Just as
extraordinary is her artistic support from: the Royal British Society of Sculptors
award, American Pritzker Foundation, Jackson Pollock/Lee Krasner grant, and
Joan Mitchell award.   

“I find plastic bags interesting because of their remarkable contradictory qualities.
Plastic bags are in fact, worthless and useful, disposable and recyclable, flimsy
and strong, ephemeral and eternal, but above all they are universal.”

“Like my performances the plastic bags are a human and therefore natural
appendix of man. Because one could argue that whatever is man-made is
natural is an unstable and unreliable human construction ruled by social
and cultural needs.”
“I have chosen to materialize my ideas through the form of installation because in this
way I find I can better express the concept of environment, space, time and duration.
I like my installation to be large and give a sense of multitude and mass in mass-production,
to be invasive by taking over space to the point of suffocation, and to be in constant
evolution and therefore changeable.”    .
plush gallery
918 Dragon Street • Dallas TX 75207 •
plushgallery.com • 214-915-0925
gallery hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-5 pm and by appointment