Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Art of Trash:
Artists Find Residence at the City Dump

--art + architecture + design--

The saying goes "one man's junk, is another man's treasure" - as is certainly the case for artist Paul Cesewski. Cesewski is the Artists in Residence at the San Francisco Recycling & Disposal Inc. If the gallery sounds like a dump, it's because it is!

The 44-acre site is where most of San Francisco's garbage and recyclables are temporarily dumped before going to a landfill or recycling plant. The Artists in Residence program is an initiative by the organization which hopes to inspire people to recycle more and conserve natural resources.

San Fransisco Recycling & Disposal has hosted the residency since 1990 and has provided for select artists an opportunity to create art using San Francisco refuse. In addition, they provide 24 hour access to a well equipped 2,000 sq. foot studio , a monthly stipend and an exhibit at the end of their residency - but most artists seem most excited about the 24 hour access to the materials.

Artist Paul Cesewski is the current artist of the program and HERE he speaks to NPR on his experience as an artists/scavenger/conservationist at the San Francisco dump.

(Photos Above: "Carnival Mecanique" exhibition (May 23-24, 2008) for Paul Cesewski at San Fransisco Recycling & Disposal)

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