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Big Beverage Bark Basket

John Garrett, Big Beverage Bark Basket, circa 1995, recycled aluminum drink cans, aluminum flashing, rivets, 20 1/2 x 21 x 20 3/4 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of John Garrett, 2012 (2012.10.1) © John Garrett

Big Beverage Bark Basket

Alternative:Cut and Fold Beverage Bark Basket
Artist: John Garrett (American, born 1950)
Date: circa 1995
Medium: recycled aluminum drink cans, aluminum flashing, rivets
Dimensions:
20 1/2 x 21 x 20 3/4 in., 4 lb. (52.1 x 53.3 x 52.7 cm, 1.8 kg)
Classification: Sculpture
Credit Line: Gift of John Garrett, 2012
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 2012.10.1
Description
John Garrett is a leading artist working with “textile technologies” such as basketry, quilting, and crochet but with unconventional materials, including recycled consumer products and metals. Garrett is one of many contemporary artists who repurposes materials to his own ends. He has done this since his art school days at Claremont McKenna College (B.A.) and UCLA (M.A.), where he first studied weaving before turning to experimental techniques and materials with off-the-loom textiles then basketry and eventually to more installation-based work. By folding and piecing recycled aluminum soda cans, there is a commentary on recycling that becomes an undercurrent of this basket.
Not on view
Publication and Exhibition History: 1993: Redefining Baskets: Volume as Meaning, Art Gallery, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 1994: Constructions by John Garrett, 1978-1993, Connell Gallery, Atlanta, GA 1995 The New Basket, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR