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In recent times the BALTIC has had a penchant for displaying works that focus on found objects. The current exhibition by Fiona Tan explores objects and antiquities stored in various locations around the globe, while Ida Ekblad’s works on the ground floor recently showed what could be done with scrap metal and items found at the local junkyard. Now, 30-something Jack Lavender is bringing his own collection of sculptures, collages and installations to the venue, with a similar, recycling-based ethos.

Lavender’s exhibition – his first public display in the UK – is site-specific and borrows from a range of sources, including comic books, magazines, joke shops and his own collection of good and packaging (in it, he’s got an extensive array of crisp packets, fake fruits and plastic, squeaky dog toys). Using this – what some people might just call a load of trash – he assembles intriguing artworks that combine together to create surreal and ethereal landscapes, showing the value of apparently worthless items while also providing a subliminal message about our attitudes towards consumption.

Jack Lavender’s new exhibition comes to the BALTIC, Gateshead from Saturday 12th September to Sunday 22nd November.

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