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Interest in paper ephemera, vintage office equipment, and classic motivational books such as Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People, came together during Micah Gibson’s 2007 residency, culminating in a final exhibition where he recreated a small office, circa 1956. Entitled, Casual Fridays, the installation included his mix-media and collage works, in addition to a small, functional office, where it appeared that someone may have just stepped out for lunch. By both lampooning office environments as well as expressing a nostalgia for an earlier era of work life that seems charmingly naïve in comparison to modern corporate culture, Gibson’s art explores conformity, ambition, and absurdity in the workplace.
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 ...