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Turning trash into art

January 22, 2010

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.

Recology resident artist 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

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  1. January 24, 2010 1:51 pm

    I love what you are doing with your blog!!! It seems all roads on this issue lead to Annie Leonard. I’m thinking of somehow connecting my cause to hers since she is making huge waves. Great energy and connects all the dots.

    Wondered if you spoke at the conference. last week. Sorry our funding did not come through for you, but you will always be on the roster if AND when we get it.

    Hope this finds you well. You are my favorite trash girl friend.


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