Repurposed: Art from Recycled Materials. A somewhat deceptive title. It's more than getting out old family photos and using them to make something or taking a tool box and turning it into a toy chest. This show is about taking things that are destined for the landfill and turning them into art. Yep, we're talking trash here. This is "One man's trash is another man's treasure" on steroids and your challenge for this show is to take what would normally never get a second look, what most people would throw away, and create. It can be anything from a coffee filter to a broken chair. An old, spare wheel or an abused and broken toy. Box tops, cans, scraps of fabric, cd cases, jars, coolers, old oven racks... you get the idea. Anything that has found its way into the dustbin or onto the curb is fair game. What you do with your finds - what other things you combine them with, is entirely up to you and limited only by your imagination.
To make things even more interesting, this is a juried show benefiting Environmental Defense, with a $10 fee-per-entry for participation. Half the proceeds with go directly to Environmental Defense, and the other half will go to the winner selected by juror Jeff McIntire-Strasburg of Treehugger.com.
Please tell us what items you used to create your entry, where they came from and how you put it all together. Also include why you used what you did and why it caught your eye. As texture or other small elements may be pivotal to your piece, please include any necessary detail shots. All points of the prospectus should be met. If you have any questions regarding the prospectus and its requirements, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Environmental Defense:
Founded in 1967 as the Environmental Defense Fund, or EDF, we speak for 500,000 members. We find innovative, practical ways to solve the most urgent environmental problems.
About the juror:
Jeff McIntire-Strasburg isn't sure whether he's a true Renaissance man, or just suffering from undiagnosed ADD. He does know, though, that since starting sustainablog in July, 2003, he's become a passionate advocate for building a greener world. This former English professor and current professional web content writer finds no greater joy than when he's scouting down the latest developments on sustainability in all its myriad forms: renewable energy development, organic agriculture, cradle to cradle design, green business… you get the picture. He also maintains Squidoo lenses on the green blogosphere and vermicomposting.
A native Southerner, Jeff grew up in Milton, Florida, and Lake Charles, Louisiana. After a sojourn into the desert (he attended graduate school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas), he's settled into a semi-respectable life in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife Jan, his three step-children, one dog and five (yes, five) cats. He enjoys long walks in the Missouri Botanical Gardens and Tower Grove Park (both just down the street from his 102-year-old house), spontaneous visits to ethnic restaurants (particularly Middle Eastern and South Asian cuisines), Saturday afternoons on the couch with a good mystery novel, and long, unproductive visits to local coffee shops (that sell fairly-traded, organic java, of course).
TreeHugger is the leading online media company dedicated to everything modern yet environmentally responsible. Their leadership has been recognized by the Bloggies, the Webbies, the Vloggies as well as Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Time and many others. Offering environmental news, information, and tools to help people green their lives, TreeHugger brings sustainability into the mainstream.
"Repurposed" will run from April 1-30, 2007. Entries will be accepted through April 15, 2007. Participation is limited to paid members of the EBSQ Self-Representing Artists website.