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Dive Into The History of Neon With Len Davidson

Recently restored 1950's Levis Hot Dog Sign
Recently restored 1950’s Levis Hot Dog Sign

Hosted By Philadelphia Center for Architecture there will be a series of talks, tours, and classes led by my friend and fellow Philadelphia Dumpster Diver, Len Davidson.

Len has been collecting, preserving and restoring neon since the 1970’s and is a master at all things Neon.

Be sure to check out the programs he is offering by going to the website here

One of the many signs that Len Davidson
One of the many signs that Len Davidson has restored.

How To Make Art With Built In History “Archives Alchemy: the Art of the Dumpster Divers”

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I am excited to have had the opportunity to have been involved with a wonderful group of Artists during my years spent in Philadelphia, PA. The Philly Dumpster Divers is a social collective of artists using found objects to create fabulous new works of art, functional furniture & lighting, clocks, and more. Beginning as a small group of friends meeting for lunch to talk about art over 20 years ago, the group has grown to around 30 creators and collectors who meet monthly to talk trash and exchange materials and ideas.

I am very pleased to announce that I will have a piece in the most recent exhibit of the Divers, which utilizes vintage ephemera and other discarded materials from the National Archives.
Hoping that East Coast readers will be able to see this show. There is also the possibility of the show traveling to other National Archive sites in the future.
I will keep you updated with photos from the current exhibit (once it opens) as well as with info on future exhibit dates and locations.

Here is the info from the Philly Dumpster Divers Facebook Event page:
Please join us for the opening reception of “Archives Alchemy: the Art of the Dumpster Divers” on Friday January 10th, 5 – 7:30pm. at the National Archives of Philadelphia 900 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19107-4292. ( Please remember to bring a photo ID for admission into this Federal Building.)

The National Archives at Philadelphia had miles of microfilm and piles of deteriorating materials, doomed for the dumpster. They called the Dumpster Divers and asked us to make art from their castoffs.

    Show Info for “Archives Alchemy: the Art of the Dumpster Divers”:

The show runs from January 10 – April 24, 2014. Gallery Hours of Operation: M-F: 8:30 am – 4:45 pm. Second Saturday of each month: 8 am – 4 pm. Call 215-606-0101 for information

The Dumpster Divers of Philadelphia are a group of over 40 found object artists, their artwork as diverse as the group and materials used. They were officially recognized with a 2012 City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Tribute for “helping to raise the consciousness of art lovers and heightened awareness of taking a creative approach to support a more sustainable city, country and world.”

Now, the National Archives has preserved the past by passing outdated materials on to the Dumpster Diver artists. “Archives Alchemy: The Art of the Dumpster Divers” reminds us that objects have stories to tell, even those destined for the trash. This is very special trash with stories to tell!

Please visit the Dumpster Divers website for more info and links to the individual members websites.