Regarding the Discarded

Waste and art seem to share something in common. Whether they can become something of value may be the viewer’s call.

Streetside Artscape:
Mizzonk / Regarding the Discarded

Woolworth Window #1, 11th & Commerce
April 18 – July 18, 2019

 The Story

 

The displayed wooden objects are made from mill waste, various sized thin veneers which came from 2007 when we processed lumber in our studio.

Normally, we’d put aside our mill waste for kindling. But something in the sheer amount of veneer caught our eye. Using glue and clamps, we found a way to group all into bundles, easier to handle and store.

Years went by. The bundles remained untouched in storage until 2018 when we had to reclaim the space. We took each bundle back to a band saw, the same tool used for milling, to trim edges, cut into planks and divide the planks into these objects. All the decisions made in the process were intuitive. As we completed the objects, a question began to emerge: “Are we as artists turning garbage into something of value or just another form of garbage?” Suppose the fate of these objects were different, on a sidewalk instead of inside this window. Would you still look at them the same way?

 

Waste and art seem to share something in common. Whether they can become something of value may be the viewer’s call.

 

See more work by Mizzonk at  www.mizzonk.com

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