The money in this photo is fake.
“Everything will now come your way.”
-the most terrifying fortune cookie fortune I have ever received
That phrase from a fortune cookie I got after dinner one night has been on my mind a lot over the past month.
The thing about the transfer station is that after I acclimated to the sounds and smells and bizarre combinations of objects that form the initial assault on the senses, I’ve begun to dwell more darkly on the whole process of acquiring and disposing of objects.
The first thing you should probably know is that I’m a bit of a giddy hoarder. As an artist that works with found objects as a primary medium, I see the artistic potential in everything. Even before I came across the GLEAN project, there was the distinct possibility that I would never be able to properly use up all of the items that I’ve collected in my studio over the years.
And now I am swimming in an onslaught of opportunity. In the past month I’ve pulled out vanloads of amazing things for future use. Motorcycles, bicycles, vintage clutches, tools and frames, canvases and paint, enough lumber to put a new deck on my studio, bags full of neatly organized hardware, the big plastic knuckle off a McDonald’s Playplace, you name it… I’ve easily collected over a ton of objects so far and it’s only been one month.
I’m high on trash.
And yet, once I watched about the tenth load of the contents of someone’s life be bulldozed under a stack of cat-clawed couches and waterlogged construction debris, I began to have serious second thoughts about the idea of owning anything at all.
Objects do so much more than take up space in your life, they occupy your time. I’ve had the unsettling realization that every single object that I spend time shopping for (or digging in the trash for) has it’s own needs. Each object that must be cleaned and organized, moved from place to place and considered for artistic potential sucks away a little bit of my life that I’ll never get back. I’m developing an allergy to knickknacks.
Hopefully the art that comes out will be worth it.
And hey, the whole residency is over on August 8 with the big show at Disjecta, so you know I’ll be back at the dump tomorrow.