New program transforms trash into art

By Izzy Anderson - Staff Reporter



Recycling can be an art form now that Recology CleanScape's Artist in Residence Program gives artists the chance to make art using recyclables. 

This will let King County artists create artwork using materials taken from the company's recycling facility located in South Seattle. 

The Artist in Residence Program provides lots of benefits, including access to the recycling facility's materials, a fully-equipped art studio, an exhibition space for Seattle's Pioneer Square First Thursday Art Walk, and a stipend of $1,000 a month. 

The program aims to encourage recycling and the reuse of materials.

"I use 'waste' gleaned from sites such as microbiology labs, spam folders, and junk yards, and remake them into elements for sculpture, video, performance, and photography for my installations and videos," Artist Dakota Gearhart, one of the programs past residents, is quoted on Recology CleanScapes official website.

 "The program is meant to both challenge and inspire artists and the community to rethink waste and consumption," said Danielle Gambogi, a Waste Zero specialist at Recology CleanScapes.

"The AIR program encourages reuse of materials, recycling as a second chance at life for some of these materials, and creativity to use discarded items to facilitate artistic expression," said Gambogi.

Artists involved in the program are expected to work 20 hours a week, create pieces for the company's art collection, talk to the media and tour groups if needed, and use the recycled materials provided.

"This process of organizing, of deciding how to group things and store them, became so fascinating and presented such an interesting challenge that I began to develop an installation all about this idea," said Alexander Keyes, an artist from last year's Artist in Residence Program.  

The duration of the residency is from April to August and the final exhibition will be in September. 

The deadline to apply for residency is March 1. 

For more information or to apply, go to recologycleanscapes.slideroom.com. 

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