A friendly tipster alerted me to the fact that NYC’s trash artist in residence, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, has an upcoming show. She has at least one piece, an installation created from a garbage truck, on display February 23-26 at the 2007 Armory Show.
According to Amy Zimmer’s article in yesterday’s Metro:
The booth will feature elements of her past works, such as “Touch Sanitation,” where from 1977 to 1980 she followed routes in all five boroughs to shake the hand of each sanitation worker and say, “Thank you for keeping New York alive.” At P.S.1 in 1987, she created “Re-entry,” a 90-foot sculpture made from 11 tons of recyclables. “I wanted to make it like building blocks so you could imagine [these objects] really could have another use,” she said. Her “Ceremonial Arch Honoring Service Workers in the New Economy,” which was made with 12,000 dirty gloves from sanitation and other workers, graced the World Financial Center in 1988.
Ukeles past work includes pieces highlighted here on the Avant-Guardian’s online ‘textlet’ on “Cycle-Logical Art” and these photos of Fresh Kills, the massive land fill that will one day form the base of a massive park.
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