Kristen Rego (b. 1984) lives in Rosendale, NY. Kristen has exhibited work at the John Davis Gallery, Hudson, NY, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY, Kent Place Gallery, Summit, NJ, WCC Center for Digital Arts, Peekskill, NY, Bethany Arts Community, Ossining, NY LabSpace, Hillsdale, NY, and the Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY. Previously, she was a Vermont Studio Center resident and grant recipient (2012). She attended Ohio State University in Painting and Drawing (BFA, 2007) and Virginia Commonwealth University in Painting (MFA, 2010). She is currently a professor at Dutchess Community College and the SUNY New Paltz.
au•gust art festival project
Kristen Rego’s work is made up of an on-going collection of plastic bottle caps, grocery store ads, printed cardboard, brown paper bags and other scraps and detritus that accumulate into two and three-dimensional works. On the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail, Kristen is creating an installation of bright-colored columns standing over 7 feet tall. These columns are assembled from plastic bottle caps that she has collected from recycle bins, streets and sidewalks. The caps are classified to highlight their varieties of shifting color and modulating shapes. This organization makes the work a form of painting as well as found-material sculpture. The tops of soda bottles,shampoo, laundry detergent, grated cheese, bottled water, toothpaste, and countless other products reveal the ubiquitous nature of the material and the seductive quality of commercial packaging.