Turning trash into art
A few weeks ago, I went behind the scenes at Recology’s artist in residence program. Each year the program selects professional artists to rummage through waste at their transfer center (the place where people dump their garbage before it goes to a landfill). Then the artists have four months to put together an exhibit using only the material they’ve found. This year’s artists are Erik Otto and Christina Mazza.
They’ll only be showing their work for two days! Tonight and tomorrow afternoon (more details below). I love this program because it’s the only program of its kind in the entire country! No other state has a program that pays artists a stipend, gives them a space to work and supports their exhibitions. Also, it keeps material from ending up in a landfill. It all goes to prove my belief that most things you find in a dumpster aren’t actually trash.
Recology Artist in residence exhibition
Friday January 22, 2010 5-9pm
Saturday January 23, 2010 1-5pm
503 Tunnel Ave. San Francisco, CA 94134