September 13, 2008

The Beginning of Encased in Concrete 88

January-June 2009 I have an exhibition at the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka, CA. The piece I will be showing is called "Encases in Concrete 88" the show will be in the Melvin Schuler Sculpture Garden.

Encased in Concrete 88 is made up of 88 individual pieces. Each piece is a bag of non-recyclable garbage (insulation, roofing material, wrappers, twist ties, old socks, over used dog toys, the list goes on and on) the sizes vary from 1 foot to 3 feet in diameter. Each bag is wrapped in wire (so far about 40 are covered in used poultry fencing and aviary netting). Then the bags are encased in concrete. 22 of the pieces will then be mosaicked with tile collected from a local tile shop (their leftovers that would otherwise have been thrown away), and tile left over from other mosaic commissions that I have done.

The idea is to give a representation of the space that this many bags of garbage would take-up in a land fill and to give an option for dealing with them.

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