These local artists gleaned materials from the Metro Central Station for six months and made art that was shown in a public exhibition at Disjecta Gallery in fall 2013.
Artist Kim Lakin
received a BFA from Colorado State University and both MA and MS from the University of Oregon. Studying painting, art history, and historic architecture provides the foundation for Lakin's work in textiles.
Lakin enjoys working with the fiber medium for its tactile and sculptural qualities. She describes it as the line between two and three dimension. The three-dimensional aspects of the quilted stitching line, the natural wrinkling and subtle puckering of the fabric and the near impossibility of making a straight line appeals to her. She is drawn to opposites and contrasts - the soft malleable quality of fabric being in direct contrast to her love of spatial relationships, geometry, and architecture. This dichotomy is expressed in Lakin's work through the tentative balance between the hard edge and the soft edge, the painterly and the graphic.
Lakin is a full-time artist with a studio in the historic Troy Laundry Building in southeast Portland. She has participated in Portland Open Studios, shown at local galleries such as the Oregon College of Art and Craft and the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro. Her work has been shown in national juried shows. Lakin's work is featured in a publication about contemporary fiber artists entitled "State of the Art". Lakin teaches Fiber Arts classes in the Continuing Education Program at Pacific Northwest College of Arts.
, Portland-based sculptor and installation artist, was born and raised in the Willamette Valley. Son of an architect, grandson of an engineer, and great grandson of a crochet and textiles artisan, Premore accepts his lineage and attempts to merge these creative influences that have naturally guided his approach to art making. Premore uses mostly reclaimed, salvage, and found materials to create objects and environments that are often interactive, kinetic, and auditory.
Premore holds an MFA in Spatial Art from San Jose State University and a BA from the University of Oregon. His work has been exhibited in several group and solo shows since 2002, most recently at Wiseman Gallery, Rogue Community College. He has traveled the United States creating installations in hotel rooms and has worked collaboratively on public art projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.
has a background in horticulture, landscape & graphic design, and business & project management. He has been involved with the Portland region's park system and open-space community through local public and nonprofit organizations since 2009.
Eric gained his love of design, sculpture, and architecture growing up in Grand Rapids, Michigan - where he was dragged to every museum, and Wright home in the Midwest. As a teenager, he took a keen interest in photography and discovered the fascinating world of junkyards.
While in Eugene attending the University of Oregon, Eric continued to collect junk from scrapyards and back alleys. He apprenticed at the studio of renowned Arts & Crafts coppersmith Joseph Moss, where he learned the fundamentals of working with a variety of metals and applied his creative ideas to the craft.
Eric is a creative professional dedicated to working in and around landscapes. He intends to enrich this focus by creating sculptural works incorporating his appreciation for the industrial and the discarded. He has yet to exhibit his work.
Christopher B. Wagner
is a sculptor originally from Kentucky but has now made his home in Portland, Oregon. He predominantly uses recycled or reconstituted wood as his medium. His figurative sculptures are allegorical, referencing several mythological traditions while still maintaining a personal dialogue for the artist. His earliest exposure to creating art was carving wooden figures with his grandfather. It wasn't until much later during graduate school that he came back to this basic skill and rediscovered the joy of finding the figure within an organic material. Since then he has not only continued carving solid figures but has also experimented with nontraditional uses of hog casings stretched over wooden frames to bring his concepts to life.
Christopher has an M.F.A. in sculpture from Edinboro University and a B.A. in Art from Georgetown College. He has participated in numerous group shows along with solo exhibitions on both coasts of America and many places in between.
I have been working with detritus materials for many years. As my philosophy and desire to use these materials has grown, I have employed them in my classrooms and become even more interested through productive discussions with students. In my recent work I have chosen a deliberate approach of reuse in order to create powerful large scale imagery on small budgets. This has led me down a path of using the inherent properties of certain discarded materials as metaphors for human personality, experience and interaction.