Archives Alchemy: The Art of the Dumpster Divers

by Alden Cole on January 10, 2014 · 1 comment

ArchivesAlchemyWPThe National Archives at Philadelphia had miles of outmoded microfiche, now digitized, plus piles of deteriorating materials destined for the dumpster. So they called the Dumpster Divers of Philadelphia, a group of over 40 found-object artists, whose artwork is as diverse as the members themselves, and the materials used. MartiansVenusiansWPThe group was officially recognized in 2012 with a City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Tribute for “helping to raise the consciousness of art lovers and heightened awareness of taking a creative approach to support a more sustainable city,  country and world.” The artistic results will be on display at the National BYLTMWPArchives at 905 Chestnut Street from January 10 – April 24, 2014, after which the show will travel to the National Archives in New York, then on to the National Archives in Atlanta. Bon Voyage! 

At left, two of my own contributions to the show, using various materials from the archives, plus a little imagination.

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DoN January 11, 2014 at 11:09 pm

You’re a blogger! Very cool! The site looks terrific.


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