The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco will host an exhibition and reception for current artists-in-residence Rodney Ewing, Beth Krebs, and Santa Clara University student artist Ciaran Freeman. This exhibition will be the culmination of four months of work by the artists who have scavenged materials from the dump to make art and promote recycling and reuse.
Between Walls and Ceilings
Rodney Ewing turns his attention to San Francisco and its history and changes, creating mixed-media works that combine text with photographic portraits from the early 20th century. Ewing uses lath, the material along with plaster that composes the walls of old San Francisco homes, as backgrounds for pieces that reference the people who once lived in the structures currently being remodeled or torn down for new construction.
In a large-scale sculptural installation, Beth Krebs explores the lure of the stuff we buy—especially cheap plastic items—and its insidious impact on the environment. Krebs entices viewers with bright colors and appealing forms and textures, creating a wonderland from masses of packaging material, Styrofoam, and components from children’s toys.
In paintings, spatial line drawings, and mixed-media works, Ciaran Freeman explores the gestures and physicality of construction labor. By incorporating blueprints, conduit, lumber, and other items discarded by contractors, Freeman creates figurative and abstract pieces that use the language of building materials to talk about physical work.