Repaired Things

Fixers Collective Workshop
June 3, 2012, 8:06 pm
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Fixers CollectiveNURTUREart, May 19, 2012

This vacuum and my blender couldn’t be opened, because they were designed with specialty screws, requiring specialty screwdrivers to open. But the Fixers have rigged one, which they have at their usual space at Proteus Gowanus. I’ll have to take my blender there next time!

This sewing machine was missing a small but important piece. Victor had a spare piece of plastic and it did the job.

This lamp took center stage at the workshop.


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:

October 22, 2011, 9:31 am
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Cordula Kehrer worked with German artisans to repaired broken/leaking plastic dustbins. There’s also a line made by indigenous Phillipino basket-weavers available at Areaware.

TAC says: “Old buckets and bins, that would be trash once they start leaking, are mended and brought back to life, using amazing basketry patches made from willow, rush and rattan. Perfect combination between sustainability, functionality and beauty.”

Personally, I love the combination of a gross, plastic, mass-produced item with handworked organic materials.

In Loving Memory
August 16, 2011, 1:58 pm
Filed under: metal, plastic, wood

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.

Plastic Puzzle
July 29, 2011, 11:46 pm
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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… ”

Repaired Sunglasses
March 30, 2011, 6:57 pm
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Looks like a rubber band and safety pin.

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