Glean artist [caroline] here, sharing imagery I found captivating at the metro transit station.
+++ Beautiful exploration of form and color, seen through this mound of carpet padding insolation. Such volumes, allude to letting go of the past in search of pursuing a new start– a renovation to the physical space one calls home.
+++ As an avid antique collector, nothing gives a sense of dedication and [perhaps] devotion, like items aged to perfection. Things gathered amongst the piles, to potentially deconstruct: window panes, storage containers and yard tools.
+++ Captured a silly placement, during a moment in time. But really, thank goodness metro transit station is open Sundays. So much exploration, observing and rummaging yet to come.
The Gleaners and I, one of my all time favorite documentary film by #AgnesVarda
A must see (or see again) Varda’s portraits and approach to the topic reminds us of the compelling beauty residing in the act of scavenging and helps us reconsider our relationship to objects and goods, echoing the grace of Millet’s painting “Les Glaneuses”. Here, at the Metro Transfer Station, a surprising place to meditate on the cycle of life it’s essential it’s rawness #gleanresidency #environmentalart #socialart photo: Transfer #1-4 from the Transfer series (more images at: http://latifamedjdoub.com/products/transfer-1-4)
Last Friday I went on my first solo trip to the Portland Metro Transfer Station where an army of kind souls and smiling figures diligently work the physical task of recycling the massive amount of matter trashed daily in piles. Camus couldn’t be more right: “One must imagine Sisyphus Happy”.
I’m very pleased to be among the selected artists for the Glean program established by Recology, Metro and Crakedpots for the past 7 years to address the waste disposal and environmental issues. Artists are given the opportunity to glean materials from the transfer station for the program duration and are required to conceive a body of work relevant to their continuous efforts to reduce entropy while regenerating a significant amount of the refuse.
This compelling Artist in Residency program will allow me the very special opportunity to develop my current social practice art studies related to the sensitive topics of environmental issues. With materials gleaned from the waste stream, I would like to conceive elaborate and intricate artistic tools with the public stimulating creative social interactions combining mundane objects with sophisticated textile art techniques.
Public participatory will be encouraged to creatively interact in the compositional stages opening the project to an unusual immersive, dynamic and tactile social experience that reconnects the mind and the body and to allow a reflection on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals, networks and environment. I will be sharing soon the thread of this new adventure which will hopefully inspire possibilities.
Incredibly, we received 87 applications for the 2017 program! For comparison, the average for the last 6 was 53.
Our jury panel will be meeting Feb 9th to select 8 finalists. These artists will then be interviewed on the 13th to determine the final 5 participants. After attending an intensive orientation and safety training on the 24th, the artists will be free to begin gleaning at the transfer station. Then the real fun begins!
GLEAN is accepting applications for 2017 from artists residing in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.
New this year. We are dedicating one residency position for a student currently enrolled in an art program at a local college or university. Student applications will be considered separately from other artist applications.
GLEAN seeks to hear from artists with a broad range of experiences and cultural perspectives from the diverse communities in the Portland area.
GLEAN is a juried art program that seeks to inspire people to think about their consumption habits, the waste they generate, and the resources they throw away by tapping into the creativity of artists from the Portland metro region.
Five GLEAN artists will be given access to the Metro Central transfer station (“the dump”) for five months to glean materials to make art. The program culminates in a formal exhibition in August. Artists will be paid a $2,000 stipend and receive 80% commission from the sale of their art at the exhibition.
GLEAN is a partnership between Recology, an employee-owned integrated resource recovery and recycling company; Metro, the regional government that manages the Portland area’s garbage and recycling system; and crackedpots, an environmental arts non-profit.
To apply, go to www.callforentry.org and click on How To Apply. Applications will be accepted beginning January 1, 2017 with a deadline of January 31, 2017.
1. You know and/or have been following the work of the five artists this year and want to see the show!
2. You have been to the Metro Transfer Station and have gleaning envy.
3. You are incredulous that beauty can come from anything found at “the dump.”
4. You are an artist who’s interested in applying for next year’s GLEAN residency and want to be part of the “in crowd”
5. You are hungry/thirsty and like looking at stuff while you eat and drink.
6. You saw this still from my favorite movie The Gleaners and I and are confused about what this is. (It’s a potato. Not gonna be in the show. Sorry. But read my recent blog post if you want to know more about this amazing movie!)
7. You saw Wasteland and want to relive that movie locally.
8. You want to get one of my recycled newspaper pencil souvenirs I had custom printed for the opening! Free to anyone who comes to the opening and makes a comment about my work that doesn’t involve a Tinkertoys reference! (Not that I disagree–I just hear it a lot and hoping to get some more original feedback.) Make Art Not Garbage!
Glean Opening reception – Thursday, August 11 from 6-9PM The Bison Building 421 NE 10th Ave. Portland
Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday and Sundays 12-5pm through August 27.