Like an archaeologist of sorts, Gregory Tuomi collects objects, small machine parts, old razors, cardboard and metal scraps that may otherwise be forgotten, or at least easily overlooked. Tuomi plays upon the history of these discarded materials and creates new futures for them by lifting them from their ordinary circumstances, reassembling them with other similar objects and ultimately re-contextualizing them. In doing so, he gives them new purpose and meaning; the miniature flying sculptural forms (some kinetic, some not) made from a magpie of things are now reconsidered, as something to look at instead of use. Tuomi adds documentation in the form of a written description about each object’s origins. This serves as a kind of homage to the objects, and what it was that first drew Tuomi to them, and a commentary on material culture and the disposable society.

-Julianna Foster-