Typically taking in the arts does not mean a trip to the dump. In one of Recology San Francisco’s programs to promote zero waste, artists are given a platform to challenge the public to think about their own consumption differently. The artist in residence program also known as AIR, allows local artists to salvage thrown out goods as well as a large studio space to work in. The result is beautiful and thought provoking.
Art exhibits happen several times during the year. A standard grazing table of appetizers welcomes you. Outside there are scavenged things that have been thrown out. They are free to those who are willing to give the items a second life.
The last exhibit showcased an enormous bear and an arctic ice cave made out of thrown away pieces of wood by Chad Hasegawa. In the back room Kristin Cammermeyer had a menagerie of different moving parts that you could sit back on a platform or walk around to take in the sounds and textures. The artists are able to extend their vision through found materials that were once discarded. They entice you to want to play with your own trash.
The next exhibit will feature art by Yulia Pinkusevich, Stephanie Syjuco and Brittany Watkins. Opening night will be Friday, January 24, 2014 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Portland, Oregon has a similar program called GLEAN in which local artists are given a call to action to make art not landfill.
If you can get over the fact that you are literally at the dump, your perspective can be tilted when it comes to recycling, reusing, waste and art. After all one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.