[Re] Purposeful Conversation

RE Gallery

Catherine D. Anspon
June 10, 2013

Owner, director, curator Wanda Dye gets our vote for the most unique new arrival: She went into a rough-and-tumble neighborhood in The Cedars, then transformed her live/work space — a 1920s-era shotgun house around the block from Lee Harvey’s Bar — into a gallery devoted to statements about recycling, repurposing, reuse and DIY design. Her inaugural show last November, “Illuminations,” set a bar with its display of innovative ways that industrial designers, architects and artists resolve the lighting dilemma. The resulting chandeliers, sconces and wall outlets were surprising and often as captivating as a Noguchi lantern. This month’s RE offering is Austin-based Jack Sanders, whose very hands-on architectural practice, Design Build Adventure, says it all. Included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial for his work done while an Auburn student at Samuel Mockbee’s Rural Studio, Sanders was recently the subject of a New York Times profile for his design-build workshops fueled by both down-home food and home-spun music. Check out his inhabitable tetrahedron sculpture sited in a field outside the gallery (closing reception Friday, June 7, 7 to 10 pm). 1717 Gould St., 972.974.3004; regallerystudio.com.