Yes, folks, it was two years ago that I began my "gleaning" art residency with four other local artists, digging for six months through the mountains of trash at the Metro Transfer Station (the city dump). I often continue to make reference to my own experience, and I continue to follow each new group of select artists who make their way into the "belly of the beast" to dig for materials that can be re-visioned into art. The five new Portland artists for 2014 have now been chosen, and they've begun their own adventures with trash...you can read about them HERE and follow their blog. They will have a group show in mid August, showcasing their work that was made entirely from the garbage of the Transfer Station.
I continue to use many of the treasures in my own assemblage work that I uncovered in the trash a couple years ago. I've shared much of it with other artists, and have been on a continual path of needing to reorganize it often so that I can have easy access to all of it. In those six months of residency, I brought home more "stuff" than what I would probably ever be able to use in a lifetime. The city dump is a place of untold treasures for any mixed media artist.
There is a similar "artist in residence" program at the San Francisco Transfer Station. I also follow their website for the latest information on artists and projects, etc.