Thursday, September 25, 2008

Retiring the Boots

The "Trashman" boots (oddly the name given to the style from Terra) have been good to me. The steel toe and steel plate bottoms have saved me from possible injury. These are necessary issue for the artists that come to the residency. They are as heavy and clunky as they look but worth every penny for there safety. They will probably last me a life-time of future trips out to the dump to keep up my collecting. For now I will give them a short leave from duty.

The Free Pile

Just a shot of the pickin's for Fridays opening come early to get the good stuff.
Here's one of the loads I'm taking back to my studio. It was really hard to make decisions on what to take and what to leave behind. Rest assured I'll be back in the future to take advantage of my life-time rummaging rights at the dump. Just another perk from being apart of the residency at SF Recycling and Disposal.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Show Comes Together

The residency is quickly coming to a close. Me and Casey Logan have been busy this past week clearing out the studio, finishing up pieces, painting walls and hanging/arranging the art work. You'd never recognise the space these days, the studio has once again been transformed into a gallery. This doesn't happen magically, a lot of work from various people helped to get it all together. Many thanks to a lot of hard work from James Sellier (the problem solver and all around fun guy to have around), Christine Lee (good friend and one of the two artists next to come to the residency), Micah Gibson (past student artist in residence and current employee for the program), Bessie Kunath (past student artist in residence and current employee for the program as well as provider of cool beverages), and of course Deborah Munk (the Director of the program)for all her hard work in organizing everything along the way. Many thanks.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Fresh Batch of Lattice

After cleaning out the nails and giving the lattice the once over with some steel wool, I started arranging them according to length. This makes the building and stacking go much easier.
I went through a few practice arrangements to see what direction I wanted to take this piece.

The finished piece.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Vintage Spools of Thread

I found these beautiful wood spools of silk thread. I used one in a piece, the rest go to an artist friend who is currently making alternative sewing kits. I look forwarded to seeing what she creates from them and more than happy to share the wealth here at the dump.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Ahh... Craftsman

1950's vintage Craftsman bandsaw. What a beauty! You won't find this in the free pile. Sorry, but this little gem stays with me. It needs a little TLC, but I'm willing.

Found the bandsaw one day, but no motor. Walked in the next day and to my surprise I see a Craftsman motor. Sometimes the garbage gods offer up just the thing you need.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Tethered Globe

I don't think this video piece needs explanation. I found the inflatable globe a few days ago, then found the tether pole on Sunday. The piece came to me as I contemplated nabbing the pole from the trash heap. I actually had to request the help of Raphael, one of the loader truck drivers, to release it from the pile. It all came together rather quickly. The happenstance of the treasure hunt at the dump allows these types of connections to occur.