When Todd Lappin submitted the link yesterday to San Francisco dump's artists-in-residence, he included this photo of "Styrofoam Hummer" by Andrew Junge, the current artist-in-residence at SF Recycling & Disposal Inc. (Photo by Christina Koci Hernandez/SF Chronicle.) For those BB readers in the SF Bay Area, Junge's work is on display this weekend at the dump. From his artist's statement:
Objects have power, they are invested with meaning and purpose by their makers. They carry with them stories of past use, past users, and often a history we, as their temporary custodians, can only guess at. This point becomes ever more poignant in the face of our capitalist/consumerist culture. We throw so much stuff away. Cool stuff….
I wish to examine and re-contextualize found objects and materials, to invest them with new life, and to sanctify – or at least acknowledge their presence in the world. Or perhaps, more accurately, to acknowledge my presence as these materials' temporary curator, archivist and re-purposer. My aim is to turn the lowest form of human productivity, trash, into the highest, art – a kind of modern alchemy.