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Do Now #12: Creative Re-Use

| November 25, 2011 | 0 Comments
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What’s the most creative way you’ve recycled a discarded object?

Intro

Many artists use recycled materials as their medium. They take the world’s detritus and transform it into works of art, giving trash a new name. At San Francisco’s Recology Center, artists are offered residencies where they spend a few months in a studio at the dump creating new work out of discarded junk, then display it in a gallery exhibit. Once an artist is selected for the residency, they are bestowed with lifetime “picking rights” at SF Recology, and there is plenty of trash to go around. You’d be surprised to see what turns up in the garbage pile. Many objects even appear unused, and most seem destined for a greater purpose.

Resource

KQED Gallery Crawl segment The Gleaners.
Meet David King and Christine Lee, two of SF Recology’s artists in residence who created sculptural art out of San Francisco’s trash.


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More Resources for Follow-up Lessons

KQED Gallery Crawl Educator Guide for The Gleaners.
Lesson plans for recycled art projects.

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Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.