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Things We Carry

March 13, 2017 - April 25, 2017

Sponsored by the World Arts & Cultures Committee

Hyde Art Gallery is pleased to present the work of bronze sculptor Joseph Castle. Things We Carry consists of 15 monumental bronze wall reliefs, conceptualized and fabricated by Castle, that function as modular sacred spaces. Although solidly static and extremely heavy, Castle’s sculptures have an undeniable feeling of movement. By incorporating and arranging found animal remnants into the bronze casting process, the artist is able to create haunting scenes of floating biomorphic shapes, like mastodons emerging partially intact from the La Brea Tar Pits.

The sculptures included in Things We Carry invoke different archetypical narratives, addressing the sometimes-subconscious symbols found throughout mythology and religion to explore themes of life, death, and transcendence. The show title Things We Carry is a veiled reference to the concept of subjective truth in effective storytelling found in Tim O’Brien’s wartime novel The Things They Carried, but also more directly speaks to the different physical forms and belief systems we all carry around with us, lending shape to our external façades and guiding us at times towards conflicting notions about where we come from and what is in front of us.

“The thing about a story is that you dream it as you tell it, hoping that others might then dream along with you, and in this way memory and imagination and language combine to make spirits in the head. There is the illusion of aliveness.” – Tim O’Brien

Things We Carry will run from March 13th until April 25th 2017 at Grossmont College’s Hyde Art Gallery. The Hyde Art Gallery will host an opening reception on Tuesday, March 21st from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. There will be live music and delicious refreshments will be served. Admission is always free and the public is encouraged to attend. For additional information please contact gallery director, Alex DeCosta at (619) 644-7299 or alex.decosta@gcccd.edu.


The Gallery’s daily hours are Monday to Thursday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and on Fridays by appointment only. We are closed Saturday, Sunday, and legal holidays. Visitors are required to purchase a $2 one-day parking permit at a vending machine located in any parking lot. For the evening of the opening reception parking passes will be complimentary. To obtain pass, enter code 6524 into any machine.



March 13, 2017
April 25, 2017


Hyde Art Gallery
Grossmont College Drive, Building 25
El Cajon, CA 92020 United States
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