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.

Daniel Dallmann

My life and my perceptions are the subjective drivers for the pictures I make. Making a painting is, for me, an exploratory…

My life and my perceptions are the subjective drivers for the pictures I make. Making a painting is, for me, an exploratory process toward understanding, not an expository declaration of a position already…

My life and my perceptions are the subjective drivers for the pictures I make. Making a painting is, for me, an exploratory process toward understanding, not an expository declaration of a position already held.…

Denise Philipbar

Denise Philipbar's work is abstract, geometric, dynamic, and colorful. Using both mixed media and oil, she references mathematic…

Denise Philipbar's work is abstract, geometric, dynamic, and colorful. Using both mixed media and oil, she references mathematic and science in her paintings.…

Denise Philipbar's work is abstract, geometric, dynamic, and colorful. Using both mixed media and oil, she references mathematic and science in her paintings.…

Fran Lightman Gibson

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic…

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines…

Fran Lightman Gibson a Philadelphia painter working primarily with oil on canvas.
I attribute the source of my artistic inspiration to my love, fear, and awe of nature as it both represents and defines the tension and optimism…

Pamela Tudor

As my concern for our planet grows daily, I make art to express this, in the beautiful, mysterious language of abstraction.…

As my concern for our planet grows daily, I make art to express this, in the beautiful, mysterious language of abstraction. For the last 6 years I have been painting about our climate crisis in a series…

As my concern for our planet grows daily, I make art to express this, in the beautiful, mysterious language of abstraction. For the last 6 years I have been painting about our climate crisis in a series on rising waters,…

Chris Curchin

My figurative work involves eyes, faces and figures decorated with dots of color in motifs of flower, rosette, teardrop,…

My figurative work involves eyes, faces and figures decorated with dots of color in motifs of flower, rosette, teardrop, scroll and leaf. For me, they express an allusion to mortality, matter and energy…

My figurative work involves eyes, faces and figures decorated with dots of color in motifs of flower, rosette, teardrop, scroll and leaf. For me, they express an allusion to mortality, matter and energy fields.…

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