A Reclaimed Wood Installation Sourced From the San Francisco Dump by Barbara Holmes

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“Untitled, No. 5” (2012), reclaimed lath installation at 1045 Mission St. San Francisco CA. All images via Barbara Holmes

Barbara Holmes' installation Untitled, No. 5 is a site-specific example of one woman’s trash is another one’s treasure. The spiraling wooden work that was installed at 1045 Mission St. was completely sourced from the city’s own dump, turning thrown away limber into a kaleidoscopic work that spanned both the length and height of the gallery space.

Using sourced and reclaimed materials is at the heart of Holmes’ practice, carefully transforming the untidy elements into aesthetically crafted pieces. “At first glance my work my appear oddly familiar or utilitarian,” says Holmes in her artist statement, “but on closer inspection of the materials and their re-contextualization, the viewer may need to reconsider initial ideas as they discover more layers of meaning.”

This spring Holmes had a solo exhibition titled “Reclamation” at the SaddleCack College Art Gallery in Mission Viejo. You can see more of her recycled works on her website. (via Dark Silence in Suburbia)

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