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In his sculptures, David Hevel combines materials such as taxidermy animals, fake flowers, and costume jewelry to create thematic portraits of celebrities. Work comments on the grasp popular culture has on our lives and its hedonistic excesses. While at Recology, Hevel turned his lens on consumerism and chose us—the shoppers—to be the subjects of his sculptural works. Characters are caught in gluttonous moments of consumptive bliss. Pink was a theme throughout, which Hevel brought to nauseating proportions as he accumulated masses of trendy trinkets and throw-away tchotchkes from the dump pile to incorporate in his sculptures.
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 ...