FABnyc presents Load OUT!, featuring communal art project with Ged Merino
Image Credit: Whitney Browne
Fourth Arts Block presents:
April 11th, 11 am - 2 pm
featuring a special communal art project, 'Found, Bound, Re-bound'
NEW YORK, NY -- FABnyc is hosting Load OUT!, a creative recycling and re-purposing riot during which we bring together gently used materials from arts organizations throughout the East Village and LES. Take home costumes, props, and furniture for your next artistic endeavor! This bi-annual, one of a kind re-use and re-purposing event makes materials available to artists, arts organizations, and everyone in between!
In 2010, we noticed that local theaters were "loading out" sets and materials directly into dumpsters after productions ended their runs. Not only were the materials being disposed of inefficiently and unsustainable, but were often of great value to other artists. As a creative response, FABnyc initiated "Load OUT!" inviting neighborhood arts and cultural groups, non-profits, and community members to donate sets, costumes, props and office equipment they no longer needed, to be made available to other artists.
At this year's Load OUT!, there will also be a special public art making project in which anyone can participate: 'Found, Bound, Re-bound: A Creative Donating Workshop.' Ged Merino, an artist with a knack for recycling materials into amazing art objects, will be hosting the workshop.
For 'Found, Bound, Re-bound', donated shoes take center stage. Ged Merino will engage the public in making a plethora of shoe sculptures, making art from what would otherwise be waste. Everyone is invited to participate and bring their old shoes to create unique sculptures...with a purpose.
After the workshop, the bound shoes will be shipped to the Philippines, where they will be displayed in a local gallery. The shoe-sculptures will then be donated to victims of Typhoon Haiyan to be unbound and worn again, giving the shoes a second, meaningful life.
Admission to the event is $5 for the general public and free for artists. Bring a pair of shoes to be donated and get in FREE! For more information, visit our website.
Saturday, April 11th
11:00AM - 2:00PM
11 East 3rd Street
About FAB & Ged Merino
FABnyc was founded in 2001 as the nonprofit leadership organization for the East 4th Street Cultural District, a historic and vibrant arts corridor in Manhattan between Second Avenue and Bowery. Now a neighborhood-wide coalition of arts and community groups, FABnyc drives community and economic development, while also preserving the Lower East Side's rich heritage and creative energy. Recently designated the "Model Block" for Borough President Stringer's Go Green LES initiative, FABnyc is leading the effort to match existing energy, waste, and water reduction programs to arts groups, residents, and small businesses in the Cultural District.
Ged Merino is a reuse-inspired painter, sculptor and printmaker from the Philippines, based in Queens. In his work, he often uses discarded materials and transforms them into intriguing artworks. He is co-founder of the Sunnyside-based Bliss on Bliss Studio, that he runs with his wife Carolina. The studio offers a platform for a broad spectrum of artists to showcase their artworks. Ged is involved in several social projects benefiting struggling communities in the Philippines. He has exhibited his artwork in Manila, as well as in Singapore and Bogotá.