For seven years, the GLEAN program has given Oregon artists the chance to convey messages about recycling, reusability and consumption habits by showcasing the art they make from the stuff other people no longer want. GLEAN is an annual art residency run through a collaboration between Metro, environmental and arts nonprofit Crackedpots, and garbage and recycling business Recology.
This year, more than 80 artists applied to the program. A jury of arts and environmental professionals selected the finalists in February. Christian Barrios, Caroline Borucki, Tyler Corbett, Latifa Medjdoub and Danielle Schlunegger were given five months to visit the Metro Central transfer station in Northwest Portland and gather whatever materials they’d like. Their resulting work will be on display at the opening of this year’s exhibition on Aug. 4.
“Sublimated Masks” at the Museum of Performance + Design features strikingly original hand-crafted costumes and fiber sculptures designed for a production of Jean Genet’s play “The Balcony,” while “Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA,” a collaborative venture with the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), displayed in MoAD’s recently renovated space, stretches the definition of portraiture.
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