JUNEAU - The Alaska State Museum recently posted two new exhibitions on its Web site: "Rescued and Reincarnated" by North Pole artist Carol Hilgemann, and "... is this not an urgent matter" by Anchorage artist Dan Mohr. Both exhibits were on display at the museum and closed earlier this month.
Hilgemann's show features sculptural objects that incorporate secondhand and antique store purchases to comment on the role of women in American culture.
"Assemblage is an art form reflective of our consumer culture recycling and renewing," Hilgemann said. "I enjoy juxtaposing objects, utilizing an object other than for its intended purpose, and adding an unexpected twist or a bit of humor."
Mohr's exhibit consists of a half dozen sculptures made of industrial materials and high-tech fabric.
"I am drawn to science and scientific instruments," Mohr said. "(Found object sculptures) are not about nostalgia or the past, they are about measurement and decay. They are about precision and failure."
Tour the virtual exhibits at www.museums.state.ak.us/online.htm.