On May 24, past and present will collide as a large-scale mastodon of the recycled cardboard variety appears in a Jurassic landscape in the heart of the Civic Center . The Cardboard Institute of Technology (C.I.T.) artist collective unveils its latest Bay Area construction, TRUDGE, at the SFAC Galleries Window Installation Site.
“When people pass by the window they’ll catch a massive dinosaur walking into the sunset!” said SFAC Galleries Director Meg Shiffler, “The Cardboard Institute of Technology is so inventive. Passersby will be amazed by what can be achieved with such a simple material.”
Founded in 2007 by Joshua Short and Scott Falkowski, C.I.T. is a self-described “collective of artists, technologists and handymen dedicated to the development, functionality and everyday practice of art…through cardboard and other means.” Joshua Short, Jesse Wilson, Joel Stockdill, Mike Murnane, and Robin Frohardt, members of the group took turns working on the massive installation made from recycled cardboard over an 18-day period.
C.I.T. wants the public to interpret the installation on their own terms, however Short admits that it might bring to mind our relationship with the earth, and with fossil fuels in particular. He is quick to also add that, “C.I.T. is more about provoking dialogue around liberty than around politics. We like to look at the big picture and are drawn to narratives that comment on the human condition at large.”
Sidewalk Artist Talk
Friday, May 24, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Please join us for this special kick-off event. Galleries Director, Meg Shiffler will moderate a sidewalk chat with the members of C.I.T. Learn about their new installation, how they work as a collaborative, and what inspires them!
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Check out this video of C.I.T.’s large-scale, battery-car velodrome installation at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvobYSmUKgk