RAIR Artists Reimagine What the Rest of Us Throw Away

RAIR Artists Reimagine What the Rest of Us Throw Away

This Deadline Expired: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Applications for 2019

You can bring your ideas to RAIR, but don’t expect the 3.5-acre construction and demolition waste recycling site that houses the residency to play by your rules. It has about 450 tons of material per day—if you can grab it.  Up to 80 percent of the stuff dumped at Revolution gets recycled, resold, or repurposed: various metals, rubble, drywall, lumber, cardboard, rigid plastic, or the contents of entire houses after a clean-out.

In the space between art and industry, makers and our culture of waste, artists and dump-truck operators. RAIR’s flagship residency program attracts emerging and established artists alike, with two options. The Standard Residency is a studio-based program lasting four to six weeks between March and November for five artists selected annually. For a minimum of 20 hours per week, standard residents get on-site studio and project space, and access to the Tacony waste stream. A smaller-scale residency, the Biggie Shortie, is more project-based. It lasts for two to four weekends, with partial access to the RAIR shop’s tools and equipment, but offers no private studio.

Every residency begins with stringent safety training, Thomé says, staring with what they call “the get-up,” which must be worn by all residents in the yard in all weathers. That means boots, goggles, ventilators, hard hats, and safety vests. Tons of trash is coming and going all day, in a constantly moving battalion of 18-wheelers, dump trucks, front-loaders, and other heavy construction vehicles.

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching, a technique usually reserved for rendering form and depth I have created an abstract flat image more akin to topography verging on minimalism. The linear hatch marks are made on a matte gradiated background which focuses the viewer on the duality of surface and color. These works are a meditation on labor and time: of coming together and the borders that separate us. The marks are not only creating an aesthetic pattern they are literally the marking of art, and the work that has gone into the piece.
Brian Palmieri
Brian Palmieri

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate…

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching,…

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching, a technique…

Diane Pieri is an InLiquid artist
Diane Pieri
Diane Pieri

Diane Pieri is an InLiquid artist…

Diane Pieri is an InLiquid artist…

Diane Pieri is an InLiquid artist…

Amy Sarner Williams
Amy Sarner Williams
Chris Cox, a Philadelphia-area abstract artist, creates oil on canvas abstract landscape, seascapes and atmospheric paintings that are inspired and informed by what she has seen and experienced throughout the world. She builds upon layers of paint until each painting develops a rich history and texture. Her moody paintings are peaceful and meditative with a sense of mystery.
Chris Cox
Chris Cox

Chris Cox, a Philadelphia-area abstract artist, creates oil on canvas abstract landscape, seascapes and atmospheric paintings…

Chris Cox, a Philadelphia-area abstract artist, creates oil on canvas abstract landscape, seascapes and atmospheric paintings that are inspired and informed by what she has seen and experienced throughout…

Chris Cox, a Philadelphia-area abstract artist, creates oil on canvas abstract landscape, seascapes and atmospheric paintings that are inspired and informed by what she has seen and experienced throughout the world. She builds…

Erica Ehrenbard
Erica Ehrenbard
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