Unique program turns discarded materials into artwork
Seattle, WA– There is a saying that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. In the case of two King County artists this is literally true. Thanks to a unique program offered by solid waste and recycling hauler, Recology CleanScapes, these artists are allowed access to the materials at the company’s south Seattle recycling facility in order to create art.
This creative outlet for artists is an extension of the award-winning Artist in Residence Program developed by Recology in San Francisco 26 years ago. After a successful inaugural program in 2015, Recology CleanScapes looks forward to continuing to support artists while teaching the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. Artists work in a studio on site at Recology CleanScapes’ Seattle Materials Recovery Facility and scavenge discarded materials they can use to make works of art.
Two artists, Dakota Gearhart and Alexander Keyes, were awarded the residency after an application process that determined their work could showcase the value of discarded materials.
Dakota Gearhart explains, “My installations are made of “waste” gleaned from sites such as compost bins, microbiology labs, spam folders, and junk yards. My intention is to reimagine the ways in which we perceive, select, move, and care for our many possible futures.”
By supporting artists who work with recycled materials, Recology CleanScapes hopes to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment. During their residencies, artists have scavenging privileges and designated studio space to work at in the company’s facility. At the conclusion of the residency, Recology CleanScapes will host a public exhibition and reception for the artists to feature their work.
Exhibition: Thursday and Friday, October 6 & 7 – Location TBD
More information on Recology CleanScapes’ AIR program can be found at recologycleanscapes.com/about_us/air.