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Title: Trash as Trash as Art: Reflections on the Preservation and Destruction of Waste in Artistic Practice
Authors: Boldrick, Stacy L.
First Published: 5-Jun-2015
Publisher: New York City College of Technology
Citation: New American Notes Online (, 2015 (7)
Abstract: Stacy Boldrick reflects on her participation in artist Michael Landy’s 2012 Workshop on Destruction in order to reconceptualize the creative reuse of discarded objects in contemporary art practices. Boldrick discusses artistic acts of destruction that challenge the material conditions of discarded objects through several examples of art as trash, culminating in a poignant reflection on her creation of a self-destroying sculpture in Landy’s Workshop. In a fascinating survey of the re-use of trash in contemporary art, Boldrick explores the intentional destruction of trash; she writes, “[m]any artists incorporate destructive acts into their practice in order to address the ephemerality of the material world, but they also do it […] to retain a sense of the object’s original value and purpose.” Rejecting the popular celebration of art practices that incorporate or recycle waste in order to create something other than trash, Boldrick suggests that the acknowledgment of trash as itself, in its ephemerality and expendability, presents a more compelling alternative for the work of art.
ISSN: 2160-0104
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2015, the author. NANO is an Open Access journal. Deposited with reference to the publisher's copyright and archiving policy.
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Museum Studies

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