A few photos of the drive to NW Industrial area, the Transfer Station and Francesca on bicycle, looking like she’s ready for bike polo. It was a good rainy March day to spend at the Transfer Station.
Daylight Savings day. We set the clocks ahead one hour but I got lost at “the dump” anyway and stayed for an extra hour. About 3 hours of gleaning and my legs hurt afterward.
I found some wire, wood, orange paint, rocks and buckets to hold my “excavations”. The material dumped is separated into sections: wood, glass, hard plastic. Yesterday, my favorite was ‘Rubble’. What is rubble? First, I think of Barney Rubble – Fred’s best friend on the Flintstones. The pile of rubble at the dump consisted of broken concrete, ceramic tile, brick and smaller and smaller pebbles, sand and dust of said materials.
I gleaned some chunks of concrete and tile and then got a bucket and shovel to collect the rubble dust. Rubble. What a great word. It’s close to Rubbish, but more redeemable. I enjoyed shoveling through the debris. It was like being an archaeologist or at the aftermath of a disaster. I was thinking of what had been destroyed to make this pile of rubble. Barney Rubble, Pebbles, Flintstone.. they worked at the quarry as I recall, during the Stone Age. Stone has been around a long time.. the longest?
My first trip to the Transfer Station to glean was wonderful. I was overwhelmed by the visual stimuli of heaps of stuff, much taller than myself, that I was allowed to paw through and take?! This is an artist’s dream come true. I stood away from the piles at first, my back to the wall, just watching trucks, people unloading, employees working. It was Monday, mid-morning and it was pretty busy. I started gleaning the edges of the piles, then I began moving and tossing things to see what was underneath. At one point I was weighing the danger of grabbing some plywood that was nestled just under a precariously tilting couch about 5 feet above my head. I decided against it, thank you safety orientation!
I met several people who worked at the Transfer Station on my first visit. They were all very friendly and helpful and they asked me what I was looking for so that they could help. The transfer station has it all – I found many of the items that I wanted right away so I will have to update my list! I had a great time and can’t wait to go again. I left feeling dizzy with excitement, hungry and dazed. What a feast for the eyes, and other senses, the transfer station is. I am honored to be a part of GLEAN 2014.
It’s a semi-sunny/kinda rainy day here in Portland and I am currently sitting in my favorite tiger-striped pajamas at my computer wrestling with a head-cold. While I doubt this is terribly exciting news for anybody reading I’d like to think I’m maintaining solidarity with the rest of my generation’s internet “over-sharers”. (insert fist pump here)
I am really excited to be making my first blog post and starting this awesome endeavor with GLEAN. I want to thank Amy, James, Recology of San Francisco and all of the people who helped us at our orientation! It’s really inspiring to be in a room full of passionate people who are radically committed to waste reduction and connecting artists with opportunities for creative reuse.
I was also blown away by all of the GLEAN artists. These ladies are thoughtful, innovative art-makers and I am jazzed to see what starts to emerge from these transfer station visits.
We are excited to welcome Michelle Liccardo, Whitney Nye, Francesca Berrini, Sarah Bernstein and Alyssa Kail into the GLEAN fold! These talented and ambitious artists have big plans for the materials they will be scouring Metro Central transfer station for in the next 5 months. To learn more about each artist, click on the header tabs with their names.
They’ll also be sharing their exploits and ruminations here, so keep checking back! And make sure you save August 8th to come experience the results of their labors at the 2014 GLEAN Exhibition Opening at Disjecta.
I feel as though this project has allowed me to explore something I’ve been after for a long time, but the circumstance was never right. While I wish we had longer-I was just starting to figure some things out-I’m glad to have some of the restrictions lifted so that I can explore the waste that has been accumulating in my studio over the years, as well. It has been hard not to touch that previous supply sometimes ,when it would have been just the thing…
I do, however, see this project continuing for me and I am anxious to get back into the studio…as soon as I can find my studio.
I echo both Kim and Chris’s statements. The accolades were wonderful and the great party atmosphere of the opening was really excellent. I am proud to have been included in this group of esteemed artists and have enjoyed getting to know them and their processes.
I’d like to thank, especially, Amy Wilson, whose efforts on our behalf, energy for the many studio visits and preparation for the culminating event required near superhero levels of agility and motivation. Thank you, Amy, you do great and worthwhile work and it’s a pleasure to know you.
My thanks, also to Metro , Recology, Cracked Pots and Disjecta. It took the cooperation and coordination of all these organizations to make the show as successful as it is and I am encouraged to know that this community has so many partners who care about this important project.
I must say that this show has blown away all my expectations. Everyone did a wonderful job with setting up and the final presentation flows very well together. You can get an impression of how a group show will turn out when you are looking at individual images but until they are actually in the same space together you never really know. It was also a pleasure to meet so many new people at the opening who braved the heat and stood around for hours engaging with our art. In all honesty I still haven’t had the time to quietly walk through the show and digest it completely. I’ll be going down to the show later today to do just that and I’ll make sure to post plenty of images from my browsing. Be sure to check out my website www.christopherbwagner.net or my facebook page Christopher B. Wagner for a full image gallery of all my works at Disjecta.
It was a fantastic opening night. I truly felt “queen for a night”. Thanks to all who attended. Our artwork looks really nice together- just enough variety – machines, figures, metal, plastic, and enough similarity – orange, yellow, blue- to work.
I have spent the last few days recovering from that final push to finish for the show…that means, sleeping, reading, and cleaning my house(what a mess). Next up is cleaning the studio. I’ve got to find a way to organize some of those new ‘art supplies’.
Why is it that people are hesitant to take something from the free pile? Is it dirty? clean? If its free there must be something wrong it. I ‘gleaned’ two skeins of lovely yarn still in its package. It had sat there for 2 days. Even teenagers were afraid to take the free stuff.
I wish we could make a permanent free glean pile for people. It seems like such a great concept. There must be someone out there who could come up with the logistics for it. There is a free site on Craigslist, but that requires traveling to various places, looking for specific things. A central area glean pile would be like a special building at the transfer station where ‘stuff” would be available for free. I guess Scrap and Rebuilding Center are closest in concept, but even there you have to pay. And they only take certain things. Or sell permits for people to come in and glean from the transfer station- only one or two per day, week, whatever. And who cares what they do with it later–the stuff was literally thrown away. So if someone wants to resell it- more power to them. Anyway, something to think about.