Art at the Dump – Newsletter – Issue No. 4

It’s beginning to get incredibly windy here at the Transfer Station, so we know that it must almost be summer in San Francisco! Luckily, artist Karrie Hovey’s plywood tumbleweed sculptures weren’t carried away by the wind at our May opening where she and fellow artist Beau Buck presented work made during their four-month residencies. We will truly miss Karrie and Beau’s wonderful kindness and generosity (not to mention their expert baking skills), and we wish them all the best as they begin new projects and travels. And, because our former residency artists have so many projects and exhibitions we’d like you to know about, we’re including an “alumni news” section to the newsletter so you can follow their activities.

New Resident Artists

We are happy to welcome new artists Tamara Albaitis and Amy Wilson Faville and student artist Caulder Yates to Recology. Tamara works in sound and installation and has already begun amassing a collection of stereo speakers for her pieces that will incorporate field recordings of the facility. Amy will continue a recent body of collage and painting work that draws on visual elements from public dumping sites. Caulder, a student at the California College of the Arts, will be making sculpture and video work, and might even engage Recology bull dozers in a game of catch. Their exhibitions will take place on September 21 and 22, so mark your calendars.

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garbologycover.jpgWe have been fortunate to receive some wonderful press over the last several months. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Humes visited us last year, and has included a chapter on Recology and the Artist in Residence Program in his new book, Garbology. The book explores the United States’ biggest export–our trash–and examines societal factors that contribute to and might possibly help us deal with this issue. We are honored to be included in this excellent publication. Other recent press includes:

Airport Exhibition

An exhibition of artwork from the Recology Artist in Residence Program will be held at the San Francisco International Airport from March to August, 2013. The show will be presented in the United Terminal, the airport’s largest exhibition space through which approximately 5 million people pass during the course of an exhibition. As you might imagine, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to exhibit here and share what we are doing with people from around the world. So, if you are flying United next year, be on the lookout!


Sunday Streets

If you have attended any of this year’s Sunday Streets events in San Francisco you may have seen Recology folks staffing tables, answering your questions about recycling and composting, and providing information about the Artist in Residence Program. We’ll be out again July 22 in the Bayview/Dogpatch, so stop by and say hi! Future dates are August 5, August 26, and September 9.


Alumni News

James Sansing won the Audience Award at this year’s Ann Arbor Film Festival for his film Verses. Former Recology student artist Kaiya Rainbolt will attend the MFA Metals/Jewelry program at CSU Long Beach this fall. Josh Short, in collaboration with the Cardboard Institute of Technology, will have an exhibition at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, opening June 14. An interview with Val Britton appears at In the Make. Terry Berlier is currently attending an artist residency in Trondheim, Norway. This spring Katina Huston taught a cross disciplinary course in poetry and visual arts in the Graduate Fine Arts Department at the California College of the Arts. Nathaniel Stookey is currently working on a new piece for the Kronos Quartet which will premiere next February. Ferris Plock will have a collaborative exhibition with Kelly Tunstal at Fecal Face Gallery in San Francisco, opening June 22. Nemo Gould currently has an exhibition installed at Google’s offices. Reddy Lieb has a new studio in San Francisco’s Mission District where she teaches classes in glass fusing. Tyrome Tripoli will participate in an outdoor sculpture exhibition at the East River Park in Willliamsburg, Brooklyn, which opens July 9. Isis Rodríguez will present, Niñají: The Revolution Within, a new comic with Mexican writer Alfi López,at The Alternative Press Expo at San Francisco’s Concourse Exhibition Center on October 13 and 14. From September to December Karrie Hovey will be an artist in residence at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa. Suzanne Husky’s exhibition Last Wild Bites will run through September 9 at Chateau de Seix in Ariege, France. Sudhu Tewari currently has work on exhibit in the Koret Visitor Center at SFMOMA and spoke at the Exploratorium in April during their OpenMAKE:Trash event. Sirron Norris’ posters for the San Francisco Public Library’s Summer Read Program can be see around town. Bill Russell has an exhibition of his abstract paintings at the Bolinas Artisan Wine Bar in Fairfax. Zachary Royer Scholz’s recent exhibition at Eli Ridgway Gallery (open through June 23) was reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle.


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