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December Artist-in-Residence: Adrián Arias

December 1, 2010January 2, 2011

Beautiful Trash, an aesthetic view of plastic waste

During the month of December, Adrián Arias, Peruvian award winning poet, visual artist, curator and cultural promoter, will be the Artist-in-Residence at the Kimball Gallery. His visual art, like his poetry, explores the absurd, the sensuality of elements, and the connection between reality and dreams.  BEAUTIFUL TRASH, an aesthetic view of plastic waste is a collection of work that combines photography, topography video, installation and performance created from footage shot from the beaches of Peru, Mexico, Spain and the United States.  The still-life scenes of garbage are the inspiration for this project, as they accurately portray the dramatic lack of awareness of human beings who leave behind their indestructible footprints which remain on the earth's surface long after their deaths.  BEAUTIFUL TRASH aims to bring to light the existence of the Trash Vortex currently floating in the Pacific Ocean.  It also seeks to generate a collective consciousness about the unmeasured use of plastic, and its deleterious environmental impact. The public will be encouraged to participate in a series of hands-on interdisciplinary art projects at the Kimball Gallery.

The objects, installations, prints and artwork created in the “Beautiful Trash” residency will be showed at Galeria de La Raza in 2011.

Adrián Arias has participated in international exhibitions in individual and collective shows in Japan, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Canada, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Peru and the US.

Saturday December 4th, 3:00 - 4:15 pm, Koret Auditorium:
screening of Adrián Arias Video-Poetry and “The Beautiful Trash” videos in progress, with a special presentation of a collective video-performance piece “BT opus001”, with Sonia Caltvedt playing the flute and plastic instruments & Chus Alonso in plastic percussion and plastic water-flute.

Saturday December 11, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Opening reception @ Kimball Gallery: with live music, plastic percussion and plastic Fashion Show. Special Guests: David Molina, Violeta Luna, La Tania, Sandra, Maisa and plastic percussion musicians.  (special guests to be announced)

Saturday December 18, 3:00 – 5:00pm, Recycling Poetry Day: with live poetry and public participation. We invite the audience to come with your favorite poem printed in big letters, also bring some image (from a magazine or newspaper) to create a new poem. With the special participation of poet Laureate of San Francisco Diane di Prima, Nina Serrano, Francisco Alarcon, Jack Hirschman, Jennifer Barone, Ingrid Keir and more.

Every Friday at 3:33pm Adrián will be performing a “Plastic Character Surprise”. A series of performances based on the style of life and necessities of some humans living surrounded/surviving with plastic.
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The artist would like to thank Danica Connelly, Assistant manager for Beautiful Trash Project, Anais Azul, intern, Photoworks SF And Dickerman Prints for their generosity donating the enlargements of the images in display at the Kimball Gallery.

 The Artist Studio program is supported by the Fleishhacker Foundation.


The Artist Studio program is a part of FAMSF’s Cultural Encounters initiative designed to attract new and diverse audiences to the Museums. Cultural Encounters is generously funded by the James Irvine Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Columbia Foundation, and the Winifred Johnson Clive Foundation.  Thank you to Aveleda Wines for their in-kind support.