by Angela Lorenz
Edition of 3000 copies
3" x 5" closed
1986 - 1994
The photographs in this postcard book document the use of materials and objects in ways they weren't intended for, the second time around, by cultures in both industrialized and developing nations. People often do not recycle consciously: instead they are absorbed with solving problems using the materials at hand.
These images were selected from over 1,500 photos of recycled objects. Although many come from poor nations, economically speaking, the recycling conveys a wealth of ingenuity. It is the artist's hope that these pictures will inspire others to use resources wisely and creatively.
For Robin Lorenz (1962-1990)
"Tin Can Handle"
This postcard book was published with a grant awarded to Angela Lorenz by a foundation wishing to remain anonymous. It is being distributed to approximately 30 non-profit environmental organizations in order that 100% of the purchase price may directly support each group.
Lorenz is an artist and poet normally occupied with the creation of
unusual handmade books, usually in limited editions, commonly known
as "artist's books". Her work focuses on the customs and behavior
of ancient and contemporary cultures, including studies of language
and materials that evolve over time. Examples of her books may be found
in many public collections, especially in North America and England,
including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Boston
Museum of Fine Arts, the British Library and the Victoria and Albert
Museum, London. Recycling in different cultures is a topic she has been
researching for nine years.