Regarding Trash

Following on from yesterday’s post ‘Roundhouse: Litter Shrine‘ –  here are some links to sites and web pages on the theme of  trash, rubbish and art:

By Canadian based artist Michel de Broin, the Dead Star is a sculpture formed from batteries at the end of their functional life:


Alice Bradshaw has a whole research project going on. This is a great website:


OED Definition
Pronunciation: /traSH/
Noun: discarded matter; refuse; cultural items, ideas, or objects of poor quality; a person or people regarded as being of very low social standing
Verb [with object]: 1 informal damage or wreck; discard; (computing) kill (a file or process) or wipe (a disk); criticize severely; intoxicated with alcohol or drugs. 2 strip (sugar cane) of its outer leaves to ripen it faster.
Origin: late Middle English: of unknown origin. The verb is first recorded (mid 18th century) in trash (sense 2 of the verb); the other senses have arisen in the 20th century

“Trash is the visible interface between everyday life and the deep, often abstract terrors of ecological crisis.” – Heather Rogers, Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage.

“The subversive potential of trash” – Klaus Neumann

“Trash has a history of its own because you find objects that have been worked, that have lived, that have existed; that they have taken on a certain beauty. But there is also anonymous trash. For instance, if you go to a tin worker, you’ll find pieces of tin, neutral, anonymous pieces of tin. […] To me trash is not ‘what society rejects’, but ‘a useful material that someone left lying around.” César in interview with S. Frauchereau and J. Ristat in Diagraphe no. 29, March 1983

“I truly think that trash should stop being refuse, before the artist can make use of it.” Tony Cragg – Trash Art, Internationales Forum Für Gestaltung, Ulm 1992

“I have never been interested in trash, it;s a generic term and it is so irresponsible to use it.” Tony Cragg – Tony Cragg ed. Germano Celant, Charta, Milan 1997

Mount Everest has an increasing amount of rubbish being left.

A group of artists have now turned eight tonnes of this trash – including the remains of a helicopter – into works of art and sculpture to highlight the issue of littering on the slopes of Everest. It took 65 porters and 75 yaks to carry down the rubbish from the mountain over two Spring expeditions.

Song Dong clutter collection:

Chinese artist Song Dong has scooped up five decades of his mother’s clutter and is showcasing it at a London exhibition called Waste Not.
All 10,000 items are on display at the Barbican’s Curve Gallery to illustrate the strong bonds between family members and how the power of objects tell stories and shape lives.

Kurt Schwitters:

Sheep bones, nails, pegs, a scrubbing brush, a metal toy – all, according to avant garde German artist Kurt Schwitters, are on a par with paint, and all appear in collages and sculptures in a London show dedicated to his time in Britain in the 1940s.

And finally, I love the feature documentary ‘Waste Land’ – about the Brazilian artist Vik Muniz: