Fire y Lumiere
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Mark Faigenbaum collages ephemeral materials, such as vintage newspapers and advertising signage, to create new relationships and meanings. Frequently his works include spiritual references—either overt, such as texts of Hebrew prayers from Jewish mysticism or Chinese ancestor money—or more subtle, such as electrical diagrams that echo the forms of mandalas. In Fire y Lumiere, made during his 2005 Recology residency, he combines matchbook covers, religious tracts, and the cover of a Photoplay magazine featuring Greta Garbo, to produce a visual collage that looks like it might have some sort of secret mystical significance.
The Artist in Residence Program at Recology San Francisco is a one-of-a-kind program established in 1990 to encourage the conservation of natural resources and instill a greater appreciation for the environment and art in children and adults. Artists work for four months in studio space on site, use materials recovered from the Public Disposal and Recycling Area, and speak to students and the general public. Over the last twenty-five years, more than 100 professional artists and twenty student artists have ...