Last updated: July 12, 2010
The project ended on October 26th, 2009. I installed the last monument at the Lethbridge Regional Landfill (Place no. 5) on September 28th. After this, the monument was taken, in its dilapidated state, to the home of Adrian and Val Cooke where is now rests having lasted the winter.
This site will only be updated as new images and information occurs, as in the case of the monument at the landfill, which as of this writing has no termination date. The Southern Alberta Art Gallery will be keeping an eye on the piece and will send me updates. I will then be updating this site.
August 27th – September 26th, 2009
Closing reception on September 26th @ 8:00 p.m.
Acts applied mostly for good practical reasons (Aamfgpr) is my residency project hosted by the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG), Lethbridge, Alberta as part of the gallery’s series Into the Streets: Avenues for Art.
Arrive in Lethbridge on August 20th and spend the following week scouting for locations within the city that need some maintenance. The places I am looking for have to show signs of neglect so that I can act accordingly by fixing, painting, cleaning, trimming, etc. From the chosen place, I will select a discarded item (a piece of garbage) like a Tim Horton’s™ coffee cup or a Doritos™ chip bag, for example, to take to the Storefront Studio at the SAAG where I will make a two-part plaster mold using the piece of garbage. From this mold, I will make multiple beeswax casts of the selected garbage. Returning to the original place with the beeswax multiples, I will construct a monument by stacking the casts in a small tower form. The monument will remain as enduring evidence or a notable example to both the place where it stands and the act of maintenance, or at least until it falls over or is vandalized and it, too, requires some maintenance.
As for this site, I will be updating it regularly with info and images of the actions taken at each place. When you come back to take a look there will surely be new things to see.
Putting my plan into action
Being that Aamfgpr is a four week project, I have selected four places to be maintained – one week for each place. Place no.1 will be maintained for four weeks, Place no.2 will be maintained for three weeks, Place no.3 for two weeks and Place no.4 for one week.
A fifth place at the Lethbridge Regional Landfill has been chosen, not to be maintained, but rather to be the location for a final beeswax monument made of casts of all the garbage from the other four places.
Location: Lethbridge Regional Landfill
To get there: 28th Street North and continue north past city limits (follow the trucks)
Go to map
This final Monument will be installed near the scales at the entrance of the Lethbridge Regional Landfill on September 28, 2009 – The duration of its install has yet to be determined.
This project relies on the assistance of the Southern Alberta Art Gallery staff and volunteers. I am fortunate to work with the Lethbridge Shelter and Resource Centre (LSRC). The LSRC provided three volunteers, Michael William Brent Hall, Eugene Hairy Bull and Leon Across the Mountain, to help me find the places and with the activities of maintenance, moldmaking and casting.
My thanks to everyone at the SAAG in particular the curator Ryan Doherty; Emily McCormick, Nicolas de Cosson, Christina Cuthbertson all of the SAAG; the Lethbridge Shelter and Resource Centre’s Annette Nieukerk; George Kuhl and Steve Rozee from the City of Lethbridge, John Savill of Savill Group Architecture; Craig Mason of Fine Tuned Hobbies; Debbie & Tony Lagematt of Lethbridge Sewing Center; Tom Copps of Audiologist; Echo and Reece Chandler from Scandia Honey corp.; Loralee Edwards & Paul; Adrian and Elliot Cooke and the sustaining support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.