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John Geary
Talking Trash
acrylic paint
Fresh Art (September 22 – November 25, 2001) in Clover Park
With my work, I like to use an existing situation or set of circumstances as a starting point in which to insert my work and transform the experience for the viewer. For Clover Park, I created an installation called TALKING TRASH, in which the ordinary trash receptacles in the park are altered to enhance the experience of a walk in the park. Collectively, these trash cans may spark associations or create narratives, leaving much room for interpretation.   -  John Geary, September 2001

Fresh Art was a temporary public art program directed expressly to those artists who lived and/or worked in Santa Monica and had little or no public art experience. Four site specific works were selected for temporary placement in a Santa Monica Park annually in the fall with applications available the preceding spring. Proposals were selected by a panel of professional artists and arts administrators based on their artistic merit, potential to engage the specific community and neighborhood in which they were sited, how they reflected the diversity found within the Santa Monica community and how responsive they would be to the physical and/or cultural context of the site. Proposals were required to be for original works which had never before been exhibited.
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