Fall 2011 AIR Show at the San Francisco Dump

Friday, September 23 & Saturday, September 24, 2011

San Francisco Dump Artist in Residence Exhibitions:
Work by Lauren DiCioccio, Abel Rodriguez and Kaiya Rainbolt

503 Tunnel Ave. San Francisco, CA 94134
Environmental Learning Center Gallery at 401 Tunnel Ave.

Friday, September 23, 2011, 5pm to 9pm
Saturday, September 24, 2011, 1pm to 5pm

Admission is free and open to the public, all ages welcome, wheelchair accessible.


The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco will host an exhibition and reception for current artists-in-residence Lauren DiCioccio, Abel Rodriguez, and Kaiya Rainbolt on Friday, September 23rd, from 5-9pm and Saturday, September 24, from 1-5pm. This exhibition will be the culmination of four months of work by the artists who have scavenged materials from the dump to make art and promote recycling and reuse.

  Lauren DiCioccio: Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
Lauren DiCioccio makes meticulously crafted artworks that replicate everyday objects. She describes her subject matter as things that are “obsolescing,” such as newspapers or handwritten letters—forms increasingly abandoned in favor of more expedient and impersonal technological options. With a desire to memorialize these items, she has chosen the methodical and perhaps also obsolescing methods of sewing and embroidery, and has used scavenged fabrics and threads while at the dump.DiCioccio draws parallels between her work and 17th century Dutch and Flemish still life vanitas paintings which present mundane objects—an extinguished candle, a fading flower—as symbols for death and the brevity of life. Similarly, DiCioccio’s interpretations of objects found in the dump, such as travel postcards, books, and record albums, speak to the transitory nature of 20th century pleasures. Other works include incandescent light bulbs, sheet music, greeting cards, as well as fabricated dead mice and rabbits. Works are similar in scale to their source objects and threads are left dangling in the detailed embroidery, as if the artworks were slowly unraveling before us. DiCioccio received her BA at Colgate University and is represented by Jack Fischer Gallery in San Francisco.
  Abel Rodriguez: Out of Sight, Out of Mind
In large-scale collages and mixed-media sculpture, Abel Rodriguez explores exploding and imploding forms, progress and destruction, and how the perception of these conditions can be shaped by what is visible or hidden. Rodriguez, who received his MFA at Yale in painting and printmaking, is interested in the sculptural aspect of painting, describing his 2-D collages, which incorporate found photos, negative space from magazine advertisements, and drawings, as “skins” for his sculptural forms. Some sculptures are free-standing, while others maintain a relationship with the wall and their painterly lineage. Collages and sculptures are exhibited together as pairs, bound visually through perspective, line, and color.Implicit in Rodriguez’s work is the idea of mutability. He describes fragments of objects as “words that can be negotiated, arranged and rearranged into endless visual and communicative statements,” and he has approached the things he has gathered from the Public Disposal and Recycling Area in this manner, deconstructing and reconstructing, ordering and shifting. Rodriguez embraces change through his working process as well as through his use of materials, such as tape, which allows for quick modification and restructuring. Even finalized sculptural forms still express the potential to shift, morph, or be perceived in new contexts.
  Kaiya Rainbolt: Upscale
During her residency, student artist Kaiya Rainbolt has brought together her skills as a sculptor and metalsmith to create sculptural works of oversized earrings, necklaces, and lockets. Using scavenged materials such as plastic light fixture panels for gemstones and toilet floats for pearls, Rainbolt has made works that are both surprising and beautiful.Rainbolt’s sculptures explore ideas about fine jewelry’s cultural role as a symbol of affluence, and put this in contrast with other less flashy definitions of accomplishment or happiness. The scale of the pieces, such as a five foot tall diamond earring, makes them the ultimate status symbols, yet on closer examination there is more going on below the surface of these works. Each sculpture has been crafted in a way that allows access to the interior of the piece where one can see scavenged mementos and items symbolic of what Rainbolt views as truly valuable. By juxtaposing these giant gems with things that may have had greater emotional meaning for those that once possessed them, the works question what is of importance in our day to day lives. Rainbolt is currently a student at San Francisco City College.
Remi Rubel’s Crazy Quilt and the Environmental Learning Center Garden
During the exhibition receptions we will also be celebrating the completion of two summer projects. Located outside 501 Tunnel Avenue next to the art studio, Remi Rubel’s bottle cap mural, Crazy Quilt, has been a fixture of our facility since she made it during her residency in 1991. It was recently returned to its original vibrancy by the artist and program staff, and we are happy to have it back. Also to be celebrated will be the Environmental Learning Center garden, located in front of 401 Tunnel Avenue. The garden was planted with native species this summer in collaboration with neighborhood volunteers and the Garden for the Environment. Come visit and meet the artists and volunteers who made these projects possible.

The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a one-of-a-kind program established in 1990 to encourage the conservation of natural resources and instill a greater appreciation for the environment and art in children and adults. Artists work for four months in studio space on site, use materials recovered from the Public Disposal and Recycling Area, and speak to students and the general public. Over one-hundred Bay Area artists have completed residencies. Applications are accepted annually in August.

Directions to 503 Tunnel Ave.
Directions from downtown San Francisco & East Bay

Go south on Highway 101 and exit at “Candlestick Park/Tunnel Ave.” After the stop sign, continue straight on Beatty Rd. which ends at Tunnel Ave. Turn right on Tunnel Ave.

Direction from The Peninsula
Go north on Highway 101 and exit at the first “Candlestick Park” off-ramp. Stay in the left lane and take the first left toward the stop sign. Turn left onto Alanna Way and go under the freeway. At the next stop sign, turn right on Beatty Rd. which ends at Tunnel Ave. Turn right on Tunnel Ave.

Public Transit
The “T” Third St. streetcar and bus lines 8x, 9, 9L, and 56 stop at Bayshore Blvd. and Arleta Ave. (three blocks away). The Caltrain “Bayshore Station” stop is directly across the street from our facility.

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