Waste Wonder: Artist Talk + Workshop with sTo Len

Jul 23, 2022 1:00pm

Artist sTo Len sits on an upside down garbage can and is surrounded by text detailing the workshop.

Join DSNY Artist in Residence sTo Len for an artist talk and hands-on workshop that asks us to think and use our trash in unexpected ways!

Have you ever wondered what happens to your waste after you put it out on the curb? Join us for an artist talk and workshop with Public Artist in Residence for the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY), sTo Len.

In this hands-on afternoon of artmaking, participants will explore sTo’s waste-inspired art practice, our individual and social relationship to the trash we create, and the people who collect and process our trash.

This workshop is a part of Privy Pit, a participatory waste study project under the Office of In Visibility (OOIV), a multidisciplinary public art project in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and DSNY that brings attention and understanding to the DSNY’s critical but often invisible workforce.

Register Online – While all ages are welcome to this workshop, it is designed for those 16+ and older.

All participants are asked to bring at least one piece of trash with them. Prompts can be viewed on the Office of Invisibility website ahead of time for inspiration. Other art-making materials will be provided!

Below are just a few examples of the projects you can choose to explore:

  • Make an altar for the objects you intend to abandon
  • Imagine an ideal afterlife for an object you threw away and write about it or draw it
  • Make a costume of something you threw away
  • Imagine making a home for all of the objects you have ever thrown out
  • Write a poem for an object you are throwing away

Location: 2240 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314 – The artist talk will be indoors and the art-making portion will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly.

Transportation: The site is accessible by car or the S44, S59, and S94 buses at the Richmond Ave/Travis Ave and Richmond Ave/Draper Pl S stops.

Accessibility: The Studio + Gallery is not currently ADA accessible.

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