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Mia Sartori: Re/Collect

November 13th – January 3rd, 2020

Opening reception is Wednesday, November, 13th 6-8pm.

Rec·ol·lect /ˌ


verb 1. remember (something); call to mind. 

Once something becomes a collection it is given a new sense of importance. Collections differ from hoards or stock as they are carefully curated and intentionally preserved. Whether the object itself holds a memory or the means by which it was acquired, a collected object garners meaning.

Mia Sartori’s installation, Re/Collect, is a celebration and tribute to the mundane. Through a series of sculptures and collections, Sartori brings attention to objects that are often overlooked that one might interact with on a daily basis but pay no mind to. Taking inspiration from her life and those around her, she has created tributes to the unsung heroes of the everyday: a simple dress, a worn out pair of work shoes, a can of beans. By taking inspiration from or using the actual objects as a base, she hopes to elevate these items and celebrate the comforts that they provide. 

Sartori brings attention to the steadfast, informal collections in our lives by examining the reasons we continue to wear the same worn out highschool sweatshirt on days off, or why someone might pack up and move across state lines with the same messy, well used paintbrush cup. These objects in our lives that are so functionally replaceable become inextricable from our histories. This is an invitation to contemplate the objects in your life that are easily replaceable in their function but not in their history.

About the artist, Mia Sartori

(Taken from the artist's online dating profile.)

My Self Summary:

Mia Sartori is a Brooklyn-based artist working in mixed media and found object sculpture.

I'm Really Good At:

Bagging groceries and coming up with mildly insulting nicknames.


Book: Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

Movie: SLC Punk

TV Show: Murder She Wrote

Music: Built to Spill

Food: Pierogi

I Spend a Lot of Time Thinking About:

How people interact with a space and what that says about their character.


Mia Sartori’s Re/Collect, is presented through UrbanGlass’ Window Gallery / Community Activation Project, an open call for emerging artists to present exhibitions, performances and other community-engagement programs in our ground-level Rockwell Street windows. This exhibition is a part of the 2019-20 series curated by Yael Ebon of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery.

Public programs at UrbanGlass are generously supported by the Agnes Varis Trust, the Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Robert Lehman Foundation, the Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, the William Talbott Hillman Foundation, the Windgate Charitable Foundation, Wolf Kahn & Emily Mason Foundation, and many individual donors. 

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Event Schedule
November 13th – January 3rd, 2020
Agnes Varis Art Center
647 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217