Art + Reuse? Best art ever! #PumpProject #MidnightRainbow


midnight rainbowPump Project Art
michael e. stephen

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 1, 7-10 pm
Exhibition: October 1 – 30, 2016
Gallery Hours: Saturdays & Sundays 12-5pm or by appointment

From the gallery description:

Michael E. Stephen’s objects and arrangements, composed from appropriated and casted materials, conjure the complex visual experience of subcultures from the 1970s-1990s. Stephen’s selectively scavenged objects (an auctioned piece of the moon; VHS tapes from estate sales) are sourced for their ritualistic or cult potential, and at times transformed alchemically, to create new autonomous relics. Muted by nostalgia, these emblematic artifacts provoke a meditation on the objects’ latent symbolism and associative content. Stephen’s works seek an embodied connection with the past and construct an intimate archive of the VHS era. Stephen’s minimally aesthetic forms display his mystic reverence for psychotronic groupings, object oriented ontologies, and obsolescent territories.

Michael E. Stephen is an Austin, TX based artist working in the expanded fields of sculpture and video. He received his BFA in Sculpture at the University of Texas at Tyler in 2009 and his MFA in Sculpture/Studio Arts at the University of Oregon in 2013. His work has been exhibited in various national and international venues including Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington, IL; Box13 Art Space in Houston, TX; Scope Art in Miami, FL; Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts in Los Angeles, CA; Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, OR; C3:Initiative in Portland, OR; Peoria Art Guild in Peoria, IL; Kino Kino Center for Art and Film in Sandnes, Norway; LivinGallery in Lecce, Italy and currently has an upcoming solo show in Springfield, IL in late October.

#Plastic Planet | Art Exhibition— Calder Kamin— Do you know where your plastic is going? #WomenandTheirWork

Plastic Planet | Calder Kamin

Plastic Planet | Calder Kamin

There is a wonderfully, whimsical, animal-centric Plastic Planet Art Exhibition at Women and Their Work this next week—well worth the trip downtown.

From the exhibition description:

Plastic is everywhere. Just how omnipresent it has become animates Plastic Planet, the ambitious new exhibition created by multi media artist, Calder Kamin. Not only just a physical object that clutters roadsides and pollutes oceans, plastic has become incorporated into the bodies of all living things. Yet nature is resilient and we all adapt. At what price remains an important question Plastic Planet examines.

Kamin creates a whimsical menagerie of colorful animals made of plastic bags. The animals are playfully rendered yet that they are literally made of plastic suggests a more ominous reality.
More about Calder Kamin:

Born and raised in Austin, Calder Kamin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. She was a Studio Resident of the Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project, and received an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant, a commission from the Missouri Bank Art Board, a Bread KC award, and the Ashoka Compassionate Grant. Kamin was the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art Truck Artist for the 2013-2014 school year and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Beach Museum of Art. She was one of 102 national artists to be selected for the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s exhibition “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now”. Kamin was a mentor for the Teen Artist + Mentor Program at the Contemporary Austin in 2015. She currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. This project is supported in part by an award from Mid-America Arts Alliance, the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works, the Texas Commission of the Arts, and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.




@SpinFish_Inc is coming to #SXSWEco again this year! Sign up to volunteer or get leftover materials!





SpinFish  is coming to SXSWEco again this year to help the conference divest the materials leftover from the SXSWEco Tradeshow!

I wanted to let you know that SpinFish is coming back to Austin for SXSWEco in a few weeks! I am helping them with project management for their leftover trade show materials.

To date, SpinFish has helped SX save more than 26,000 pounds from the landfill and shared the items with thousands of Austin community members.  We’d love to have another year of awesome results.

Interested in volunteering for the project?  Or receiving some items so that we can keep them out of the landfill?  Right now, we anticipate foamcor, canvas banners, paper handouts, wood pallets and promotional materials.  New items will be added as we get closer to the actual event.  Volunteers receive first pick of the items as a special thank you for your help.

Pick ups will be on the evening of Oct 11 (Tue) and on Oct 12 (Wed).  If you’d like to be added to the potential pick up list, please provide me with your current contact information, items you may be interested in and availability.  If you’d like to volunteer, please let me know your availability—we request a 3 hour commitment and we promise that the time will fly by!

Feel free to pass our contact information along to others that may be interested.  or

Many thanks!  Blythe


What to think about before you buy #FastFashion | Via #HuffPost

Clothing Waste | Rethink

Clothing Waste | Rethink

Via HuffPost

Think of our taste for #fastfashion just like junk food—and we do have an appetite for awful, poorly constructed trendy clothes. What if we put ourselves on a clothes diet?  How about we don’t buy what we really didn’t want in the first place?

From the article:

We’re doing our part by donating, but our part should start way before then. “You are buying into a fantasy that you have done something good. The good thing would have been at the very beginning, at the store, to have not bought the thing you didn’t really want in the first place,” DuFault said. 

Donating is a #fantasy.  We think we are doing good but we are contributing to a wasteful circular model of consumption.  How about we think about the pieces we really need—keep those—and repair what we love and stop buying.

Via #GreenBiz | Meet the 22-year-olds tackling our #plastic #waste

Via GreenBiz | @barbaragrady

Who you gonna call?  Why these young talented entrepreneurs rethinking #plastic waste!  My favorite part of this?  They are young scientist-entrepreneurs!

Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao have bioengineered the bacteria to break down plastic faster than the 500 to 1,000 years it takes for plastic to breakdown in a typical landfill. In their company’s “upcycling”process, plastic waste is chemically broken down into a low molecular weight compound, which then can be fed to microbes, as a basic foodstuff or energy source. In turn, the engineered microbes produce biosurfactants for fabric manufacturing. Wang calls the upcycle products high value, usable compounds.

They are negotiating what may be their first commercial contract for their technology, hopefully turning a great scientific idea into a scalable, marketable product.  A major California city is talking with them this week about integrating BioCellection’s technology into its #waste #recycling process.