#PickoftheWeek | Meet the NYC Sanitation Department’s Artist-in-Residence
BY QEDC It's In Queens
One man’s trash is this man’s creative outlet.
The artist known as “sTo Len” discusses his garbage-filled life and times at the Museum of the Moving Image on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 4 pm.
First of all, yes, “sTo Len” is his name — or at least his nom de guerre. (It’ll make sense in a bit.)
The Virginia native is a multi-media installation, performance, sound, and visual artist who dabbles in improvisation and experimentation. He likes to transform public spaces into art galleries. For example, he might host a performance at a Superfund site or install a painting on a riverbank.
Currently, sTo Len is the NYC Sanitation Department’s Artist-in-Residence. His job is to find beauty in discarded material and bring the beauty to the public.
MoMI Assistant Curator of Public Programs Tiffany Joy Butler will lead the chat and make sure sTo Len discusses his Sanitation projects, which include remixing the agency’s media archives. He’s also administering an online study of pubic waste habits that asks participants to animate (i.e. photograph) their trash for a future exhibition.
Attendance is free with RSVP. The event will take place at MoMI’s William Fox Amphitheater at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.