For this weekend's reception, video artist Philip "Bulk Foodveyor" Bonner loaded up on trash to make his bizarre props, costumes, and sets; then he superimposed his actors using a technique called chroma key. Sculptor Scott Oliver, meanwhile, reassembled trash into new forms. In Core Column, he layered pallets, cinder blocks, sod, insulation, foam, and doors in a tower, like a core sample of a dead civilization, referencing the similar samples scientists dig out of landfills. For Bench Curl, he built a wooden table that warps beautifully on one end, like a wave breaking on the sand or a hand curling into a fist. "Ultimately my aim is to articulate a more holistic view of the material world one that is shaping us as we shape it," he says. There's no better place than the dump for that.
Jan. 25-26, 2008