Mierle Laderman Ukeles


social_01.jpg  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.


3 Responses to “Mierle Laderman Ukeles”

  1. Ruby Re-Usable Says:

    Mierle Laderman Ukeles is awesome, thanks for keeping me posted on her amazing recycled art activities, she takes eco-art to new levels.

  2. Olympia Dumpster Divers » Blog Archive » Garbage Art in New York City Says:

    […] is the artist who has been doing it since the 1970’s and remains active today; more info HERE and […]

  3. Olympia Dumpster Divers » Blog Archive » Earth Day Art Shows: Howard House Says:

    […] We were particularly excited to see work by Mierle Laderman Ukeles, who has been creating conceptual art about NYC waste since the 1970’s. She is represented here with photographs of her most recent work in Israel.  These photos just do not convey the magnitude of Mierle’s importance in the eco-art movement, nor her intense way of involving the public in her art.  Learn more about Mierle Laderman Ukeles HERE and HERE […]

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