GYRE: Our Plastic Ocean is now on view at the USC Fisher Museum of Art in Los Angeles through November 21st.
“We are in the habit of seeing untended nature as a sort of blankness, awaiting human work to fill it. It’s right there in the name: vacant lot. A place where spontaneous life is invisible, or at best considered so many weeds, the term used to lump together and dismiss what thrives in spite of our preferences.”
About a traffic island turned dump turned Buddhist shrine….
“Dan Stevenson has lived in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood for 40 years. He says crime has been an issue for as long as he can remember, but he isn’t one to call the police on drug dealers or sex workers. He’s a pretty “live and let live” kind of guy. Or he was. Before he finally got fed up and took matters into his own hands.”
“This symposium brings together scholars engaging in innovative research on the origins, meanings and repercussions of waste landscapes in conversation with artists and architects conducting design research and interventions in spaces designated as waste or wasted.”
Remember when those kids took us for a walk in their rice fields? I was just trying to create space on my hard drive and ran across these.
Actually I have the date from the time stamp on the photo: March 27, 2009.
I took lots of photos on that walk.
I just noticed this one….
But wait. What is the pattern on that guy’s shirt? Let’s zoom in. Wow.
Here are some snapshots of my project for In-Site, including a few of the installation process. These are all enlarged images of weeds from South Orange, wheatpasted onto nearby buildings. Will be editing documentation soon!
I’m going to be doing a public installation in ArtBloc in September. Here’s a description:
I am converting these windowed containers into a giant terrarium, to be filled with weeds collected from Hamilton Park with the help of the Greens Group volunteers. Throughout the two month period, the installation will be constantly changing and growing. It will act as a foil to the domesticated space of the park, a wild place within the city, encouraging viewers to look at the overlooked.
Here are some weeds we collected last Saturday. Stay tuned!