portrait of the artist

Here’s a link to a great article on Brain Pickings about artists and writers, which likens the making of art to a form of prayer. Unfortunately, praying to my memory will not produce this Mexican artist’s name. Anybody know, please fill me in. :)

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dumpster redux

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dumpster art

A good thing about hosting the Olympics is that suddenly money spins off for the Arts. Such was the case in Vancouver in 2010 when small galleries were able to host open house parties.

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Smithrite is a large garbage collection company with a near-monopoly in the city. People known as “binners” go through the dumpsters, unless the dumpster has a lock, which is often the case. Perhaps the artists in these installations were making reference to the confluence of poverty, waste and policing. Or perhaps they were referencing the unbelievable police presence required to host the Olympics.

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from Tibet House exhibit, NYC, apologies for not having the artist monk's name.

from Tibet House exhibit, NYC, apologies for not having the artist monk’s name.

from Tibet House exhibit, NYC, apologies for not having the name of the artist monk.

from Tibet House exhibit, NYC, apologies for not having the name of the artist monk.