BEYOND GARBAGE PROJECT
The Beyond Garbage Project’s primary goal is to post artists’ investigations of how to reuse materials in creative ways. A group of artists representing a variety of media has promised to at least think about and play with one recyclable and/or reusable material every two months. We do not claim that we are capable of attaining our goal of reaching beyond the material each month, but we are going to try. This blog is a starting point, a way to spur artists and other interested people to “do better” with the free cool junk we have lying around.
Functional pieces are totally acceptable and size doesn’t matter (after all, this site only posts images of finished projects – you have to live with them!). One should never scoff at genius, so if you can produce something fabulous in a very short time, great, but please consider carefully whether you could do better if you take more time.
If you want to see the projects made in a particular material, go to that page within the Materials section. Over the course of the listed two-month period and up to about a week into the next month, this information should change as images and comments drift it. Of course, new comments may appear long after a monthly material is officially “finished.” We will not object to later entries, especially if they are particularly creative and wonderful.
If you want to keep up with all of the latest posts, see the POSTS (All) page. Some of those posts will provide clarification about rules or preferences relating to the current monthly material as well as time-sensitive information (upcoming shows and other events). Sometimes the information in posts relates to a more permanent page (such as the monthly materials submissions, listed separately by month and material). Sometimes we will post information that simply doesn’t fit logically onto another page. At the bottom right of each post you can find a link to the categories into which the post falls, if you click on that category name, you will go to the page with all of the posts that relate to that category (November 2009 plastic bag submissions, for example).
If you are looking for resources, please visit the two Resources pages. We acknowledge that they are sorely in need of upgrading now. Help us out by sending in links and other information about your favorite recycling and recycled art resources!
If you are interested in starting your own project, we have listed some information about a Recycled Art contest held at Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, DC. The forms and suggested project structure should help you on your way to a fun group activity, perhaps centered around Earth Day celebrations at your local school or in your neighborhood.