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ArtYard exhibit explores effects of humans on society, nature


“Landscape and Hierarchies,” a solo exhibition featuring new works by Alexandre Arrechea opened Sept. 17, and runs through Jan. 22, at ArtYard, 13 Front St., Frenchtown, N.J.

Arrechea, 52, has earned acclaim as an artist whose work continues to move, surprise, and deliver the type of optimism that sometimes only art can provide. This exhibition marks 20 years of the artist’s solo career.

“Landscape and Hierarchies” explores the responsibility that lies between the individual and the collective and the ripple effects human actions have on society and nature. Curated by Elsa Mora, the exhibition was produced specifically for ArtYard and includes monumental watercolors, sculptures, and multimedia installations.

For “Landscape and Hierarchies,” Arrechea draws inspiration from sports for his continued investigation into the power dynamics and structures of everyday lives. Arrechea presents objects commonplace to baseball stadiums and playgrounds juxtaposed in surprising ways with natural elements such as glass trees, river water, and morning dew.

A summer residency at ArtYard offered Arrechea the time to reflect, experiment, and create work. During that period, he became fascinated by the Delaware River, which resulted in the largest piece of the exhibition and likely of its kind, a 71-foot watercolor titled “River and Ripples,” employing water collected from the river.