October 19, 2010 by staff
Marcel Duchamp, (CP) – For some recent works – layered, complex collages that explore the concept of maps and travel – all that she has used, from paper to brushes, the discharge came from San Francisco.
Britton’s work, created as part of San Francisco Recology artist in residence program, belongs to a tradition that goes back as far as Marcel Duchamp, who shocked the art world of early 20th century when he took a urinal, titled it “Fountain” and declared it art.
With today’s emphasis on diverting as much as possible from landfills, the concept has taken a green tint. But it is also a purely artistic quest to create new from old.
“There have always been artists who use recycled things,” said Sally Heller, an artist in New Orleans who often finds his material in thrift stores. “Right now, I think it is relevant because there is a tendency to make art of what we know and give them a different context. ”
One of the works of Heller is a sculpture entitled “Scrap House, a battered structure stuck in the branches of a tree that symbolizes the unpredictable power of nature. The sculpture, made in the wake of the Katrina disaster, is composed entirely of recycled materials and elements.
Most of his work is of lesser magnitude, as “a thread”, which consists of a pipe cleaner and son twisted together to create a website, which are woven into all sorts of things, from shoes to clothes, sections are often deconstructed first time.
Used something “can only be visually appealing as it is used and it may be somewhat roughhewn a new material that it would not look at it,” said Heller.
In New York, artist / curator Vernita Nemec has been put together art shows garbage for over a decade.
“What we do as artists of trash, working with trash is that we’re not doing something valuable. It’s a way to turn,” she said. One of his pieces is The “Endless scrolling spam,” about 60 meters long and made from envelopes.
Nemec could find his artistic material thrown into the streets.
But Britton and Zachary Royer Scholz fellow artists recently had the chance to work off-Cast Central – the discharge of San Francisco. They were there in the program Recology San Francisco artist’s 20-year initiative to inspire people to conserve natural resources and recycle more.
Britton and Scholz does not work with household waste but with relatively clean items brought to the landfill, such as timber loads of remodeling jobs or equipment discarded by businesses closed.
Scholz was struck by the amount of wood coming in, and used part of a structure of L-shaped blocks of wood cut scrapped.
The volume of goods transported by truck to the landfill struck both artists. Some date from the 19th century, some were brand-new and still in the box. Even something as simple as the wood through the ages, ranging from antique wood torn in the demolition of old buildings to new boards if they oozed sap.
“I was struck by the wood as a material in the context of eliminating things,” said Scholz. “I also really like that wood is something that we already have an understanding as something reusable. ”
The landfill has also proved to be their own private bank of art supplies. One day, Britton found a basket that has worked well in keeping paintings recovered, etc. She cleaned and then realized she should probably get gloves for this kind of work. A day later, she found a new box of latex gloves while pushing through a pile of debris.
Items to include in its ancient art contain an article blind and old, also ground up the old stationary and made his own paper. Old ink cartridge printer provided washes of color.
There was no shortage of basic materials, ie, with scores of throwing away the cards and even flight plans for inspiration.
“I really like the idea that materials and raw materials and the same tools I use – I like that each element has been found,” she said. “It adds something to work for me.”
San Francisco residency program www.recology.com / AIR
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