Repaired Things

Stitched Up Bumper
October 8, 2013, 8:28 pm
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Very impressive.

Submitted by Charles Schultz.

Makeshift Exhaust Pipe Support
July 30, 2012, 7:06 pm
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My exhaust pipe ring snapped right outside the Lincoln Tunnel. It was dragging on the ground! I was meeting Anne to get her apartment key because I locked myself out and had to prepare for a gig in a few hours. I tied up the exhaust pipe with an extension cord. Those things are so handy 😀 It held for a week until it was convenient to get the replacement ring. $7. And, the cord still works, I believe.
Michael Durek

Bike Repair Workshop
June 3, 2012, 9:10 pm
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With Eric Clausen of Drawing America By BikeNURTUREart, May 5, 2012

How to change a tire with a fork!

Social Sculpture Workshop
June 3, 2012, 7:03 pm
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Lead by Kristyna & Marek Milde at NURTUREart, May 12, 2012.

And the sculpture in use!

Yan Jun’s Suitcase
December 10, 2011, 11:09 pm
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A fresh coat of duct tape for Yan Jun‘s extensively repaired suitcase:

September 11, 2011, 10:28 am
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These guys are the heads of my salad serving utensils.

The wood of the fork started splitting, so I wrapped it with wire to mimic their necklaces.

This was several months ago, but it seems to be holding up pretty well.

In Loving Memory
August 16, 2011, 1:58 pm
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Some scattered thoughts about Kristyna & Marek Milde’s installation on the NURTUREart roof:

The installation consists of scavenged chairs, refurbished and sanitized, with commemorative plaques fastened to their backs, plus a map of where they were found, all in various locations in NYC.

This project has it all: love of trash a la Slavoj Zizek, material memory, exaltation of humble objects.

This relational aesthetics-genre piece not only activates relationships and conversations among gallery visitors who lounge on the chairs. It encompasses the whole web of relationships around their provenance: where the chairs were originally purchased, who bought them, the imagined event of their damage or the slow advance of rust or the going out of style, the decision to discard, and finally their placement on a curb in New York where the artists found them.

In a statement, the artists align their practice with a traditional hunter-gatherer way of life. Agnes Varda explores a similar concept in her movie “The Gleaners and I”, about modern scavengers of food and materials. Roger Ebert writes in his review:

In our alley we see men searching through the refuse for treasure. “The Gleaners and I” places them in an ancient tradition. Since 1554, when King Henry IV affirmed the right of gleaning, it has been a practice protected by the French constitution, and today the men and women who sift through the dumpsters and markets of Paris are the descendants of gleaners who were painted by Millet and Van Gogh.”

There’s something wonderful about finding use-value in castoffs. Finding artistic value in their re-use takes it a step further.

Bike Trailer
July 1, 2011, 5:57 pm
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Submitted by Eric Clausen, aka Drawing America By Bike. I am pretty sure this is not his bike though. I think he uses saddle bags. If you spend 2 minutes on his site, you will see that Eric is the master of makeshift solutions.

Improvised Body Work
July 1, 2011, 5:45 pm
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Thanks to Alex Clark. His explanation: “The black plastic piece sits over the rear, passenger side wheel well.  It’s cosmetic really, I think newer versions of the Sprinter have deleted this piece.  The carabiner is holding it to the fender.  I think it must have been flapping around in the wind and disturbing the passengers… ”

Bound Railing
March 5, 2011, 1:24 pm
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Sunset Park, Brooklyn.