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Alice Gadzinsky Brings “The Supermarket” to Montgomery College

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You haven’t seen an original grocery store list until you’ve witnessed the items at “The Supermarket” exhibit located in Sarah Silberman Art Gallery in Montgomery College’s Rockville campus.

“Bigot Repellent”, “Nacho Average Bottled Water”, and “Tiny House In a Tube” were all featured student work in the collaborative project with Artist in Residence Alice Gadzinsky. Closing reception held on Nov. 1.

“You can eat really, really expensive food, but you’re still going to poop,” Gadzinsky said. Gadzinsky finds food to be a connection between all humans. Everyone has to eat food and goes through the same motions to use the bathroom.

While undergoing treatment for cancer Gadzinsky’s inspiration for foods was discovered. During treatment, she created sculptures but was confined to a small space that was similar to a “kitchen table”. She began making sculptures of food.

The environment teaches much of how people perceive things in the world. Bacon for instances is seen as a breakfast food, Gadzinsky questions why. She wants to discourage passive submission of surface level thinking that people are use to. She expresses escapism while challenging society rules through her art. She continues to challenge others in visual literacy and perception through her artwork and projects such as “The Supermarket”.

Gadzinsky received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2010 and her Masters in Fine Arts in 2016 from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), according to Creative Alliance.

“I want everyone to bring their own experience,” Gadzinsky said. “The Supermarket” project has been offered to classes at MC and has the criteria is to use personal connection of packaged grocery store items.

Gadinsky worked with two classes at MC in creation of the project. In Professor Lucy Derickson’ s class, a wide variety of product sculptures were being made.

Alice Gadzinsky, in the green, and students of Professor Derrickson’s class working on their sculptures for the exhibit.

The class used materials that Gadzinsky described as free items. Bag straps from Trader Joe’s,  cardboard boxes, and plastic material consumed the class while students worked on their projects.

“I really like yogurt personally. I always liked it as a kid,” said Kevin Castro, a student in the classroom. While Castro reminisced on his childhood connection, he struggled to see the perfect image in his work.

“Little elements of not being exact is the personality of the piece,” Professor Derrickson said. Encouragement was given to students to move past the idea of perfect resemblance of the sculptures.

“Flaws are embraced in this project,” Gadzinsky said.

As many as 300 sculptures were expected to be in the exhibition.

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