RAIR is an artist residency program born and raised in a junkyard.
RAIR takes advantage of a unique opportunity to grant artists direct access to the waste stream — turning trash into treasure in the process. Housed in a Philadelphia recycling center, the program develops new work sourced from found materials and encourages artists to return completed projects to be recycled once again.
Previous residents have rigged sails from forklifts, constructed houses from heating ducts, and published a taxonomy of trash. Future refuse reuse is just a little funding away — that’s why RAIR is our Project of the Day.
Many foods have their own dedicated museums — like burnt food and mustard — so why not pizza? That’s what Brian Dwyer, the owner of the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia, has wondered for a long time.
Portable Fortitudes: 54 Talismans for home & abroad.
A few years ago, artist Corina Dross and her friends seemed to be prone to those sorts of young person calamities most of us know too well. Cynicism, narcissism, ennui, bicycle mishap — you know, the usual stuff. Armed with good intentions and artistic talent, Corina did what she could: she started making little illustrated talismans for herself and her friends. There was “Protection from Heartbreak,” for those on the precipice of romantic disaster, or “Protection from Infestation,” for the dreaded victims of bedbug breeding grounds. She and her friends carried these drawings around, tucked into totebags, between notebooks, hung on the fridge, “to save them from terrible fates.”
“It was a paranoid year,” Corina says, “and I’d run out of practical solutions.”
These talismans have now grown into a full deck of pocket-sized icons that all of us can keep for ourselves or share with our own friends. Called Portable Fortitudes, there are 54 beautifully illustrated cards to keep you resistant to every day woes. Lynda Barry and Walt Whitman, for inspiration, Protection from Idle Hands, for procrastination, Protection from Those Who Love You, maybe to keep your mom from calling so much.
I love them all, and probably need most of them. Especially Walt Whitman. Everyone needs a Walt Whitman trading card.