The Bad News
Portland area residents send over a million tons of waste to landfills every year.
The Good News
Unofficial and highly biased sources rate Portland as one of the most creative and diverse artist communities in the country.
What if we were to harness our region’s artistic energy to help address the problem of excessive waste generation?
In the fall of 2010, crackedpots, an environmental arts organization, Recology, an employee-owned company that manages resource recovery facilities, and Metro, the regional government for the Portland metropolitan area, got together to create GLEAN.
Taking its inspiration from Recology San Franciso’s renowned 23+ year Artist In Residence program, the GLEAN program’s goals are to prompt people to think about their consumption habits, inspire creative reuse and initiate larger conversations about the waste we generate.
Now in its fourth year, five new artists were selected in February by a jury of arts and environmental professionals to be our ambassadors: Sarah Bernstein, Francesca Berrini, Alyssa Kail, Michelle Licardo, and Whitney Nye.
These artists will spend the next five months gleaning materials discarded at the Metro Central Transfer Station to make art for an Exhibition in the fall. Each is paid a stipend of $2,000 and will create at least ten pieces of art from the treasure they find.
Visit our Flickr page to see images of GLEAN programs past and present at www.flickr.com/photos/pnap.
Meet the GLEANers
The results of their creative efforts will be on exhibition at Disjecta Gallery in the fall.
Exhibition Dates: August 8 – 31, 2014
Reception date: Friday, August 8, 2014, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Disjecta, 8371 N. Interstate Ave, Portland Gallery hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm Phone: (503) 286-9449