Friday, April 9, 2010

Barbara Holmes: Lattice Works

Every year, the San Francisco City Dump selects 2 local Bay Area career artists for its coveted Recology Artist in Residence program. If chosen, the artists are provided a stipend and work on site, combing 44 acres of recycling facilities and public disposal areas — aka the Transfer Station, aka the dump — searching for materials to make art from. At the end of the residency the dump holds a reception, and the results are almost always intriguing. From trash to treasures! To date, my favorite work has come from Barbara Holmes, a woodworker, sculptor, and teacher who used her time to make, among other things, these intricate geometric forms using reclaimed lattice. There is something magical that happens in the tonal gaps where the wood once crossed over itself. Be sure to check out her blog, re(f)use, where she documented her process and the show.

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